After researching the issue, Better Georgia is endorsing medical marijuana and calling on lawmakers to take action in the coming year.
From The AJC: “Better Georgia endorses medical marijuana”
In May and June 2014, we conducted a confidential survey on marijuana regulation. More than 8,000 Georgians from across the political spectrum participated in the informal survey and support for medical marijuana was overwhelming.
More than 90 percent of the survey participants believe that medical marijuana should be legalized.
The effectiveness of medical marijuana to treat seizures and other medical conditions is proven.
Public support for medical marijuana is at an all-time high and this is one of the few issues that leaders on both sides of the aisle can agree upon. But now we need leaders who will stand up and fight for the Georgia families who would benefit from medical legalization.
Currently, many Georgia families with members who suffer from illnesses treatable with medical marijuana are faced with a difficult decision: Wait for lawmakers to advance legislation or uproot their families and seek treatment in other states.
A total of 23 states and the District of Columbia now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. More than one million U.S. patients receive the treatment for a wide range of conditions–from multiple sclerosis and nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy to Crohn’s disease and seizure disorders.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been vocal in his support for legalizing medical marijuana and doctors across the nation share his professional opinion.
In a Web MD survey of over 1,500 doctors, 69 percent of doctors said medical marijuana “can help with certain treatments and conditions” and 67 percent say it “should be a medical option for patients.”
It’s not enough for our governor and other state leaders to slow walk clinical trials in Georgia when other states have made much more progress more quickly. Both the science and the support from the medical community are there.
These Georgia families can’t afford to wait. And they shouldn’t have to.
In January, a phone survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 57 percent of Georgians support medical marijuana while only 33 percent do not.
While Better Georgia may support additional reforms to marijuana policy in the future, we believe that medical marijuana is a good first step and has realistic chance of receiving bi-partisan support in the legislature.
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