Haleigh Cox and her mother Janea moved from Forsyth, Georgia, to Colorado in order to obtain medical marijuana. Haleigh suffers from a disorder that causes her to have more than 200 seizures a day. When she uses cannabis, however, she only experiences about three seizures a day.
Now, thanks to the implementation of HB 1, also called the Haleigh’s Hope Act, Haleigh is back home in Georgia.
The state launched its Low THC Oil Registry on June 16. Parents of children like Haleigh are what motivated Gov. Nathan Deal to push the legislation. He stated,
“On a personal level, trying to put ourselves in their place, it would be difficult for anybody to have to watch their child have multiple seizures every day.”
There are strict requirements for those wishing to get onto the registry. Only eight qualifying conditions are listed, including seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease. Patients with these conditions must be either younger than 1 or have lived in Georgia at least one year.
Physicians must approve patients before sending their information to the registry. Patients may then be issued a card. The cards, which are $25 each, should be ready within 15 business days and must be picked up from a public health office.
Patients with the cards are legally allowed to have 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil. Their physicians must report back to the state every three months.
Unfortunately, patients may still encounter issues when accessing medical marijuana because state laws do not yet address the cultivation or distribution of the substance. Companies that ship medical marijuana could be breaking a federal law.
“My message to our congressmen and senators is change the damn law. It’s that simple; lives are at stake here,”
said state Rep. Allen Peake.
People who need less than 0.3 percent of THC may be able to get plants – considered hemp – shipped into Georgia. People who require higher amounts of THC will probably find themselves traveling out of the state to get the cannabis oil.