Don’t be fooled — conservative politicians don’t want legal medical marijuana in Georgia. Their calls for Congress to “get off their duffs” and reclassify marijuana are completely disingenuous.
As further proof of their unwillingness to join the 29 U.S. states and D.C. that have legalized medical marijuana, a new proposed bill that would add chronic pain and PTSD to illnesses covered by medical marijuana passed the House a month ago, but hasn’t received a Senate hearing.
Ga. Republicans continue to use stalling tactics to act like they’re doing something without actually making any changes. While there are lots of studies already out there, the House just voted to pass a resolution to ask Congress for marijuana to be studied.
This is just one more way to look like they are moving toward wider medical marijuana without actually moving toward a solution for families who need this valuable medicine.
The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research has released numerous studies showing the medicinal properties of cannabis. Medical marijuana has strong support from 69 percent of doctors, the parents of children who suffer from severe seizures, and the vast majority of voters, it seems like a clear win for Georgia and an easy position for the governor to support.
Even world-renowned neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been outspoken about the effectiveness of medical marijuana treatment.
The science on medical marijuana is already out there, but conservatives would rather cover their eyes and ears than listen to the experts who actually study the issue.
By blaming Congress for not reclassifying marijuana, they’re deflecting from the truth — that Gov. Deal and Ga. Republicans are slow-walking medical marijuana in an attempt to commission more testing and pad the profits of their big pharma donors.
It’s unacceptable that Deal is using his position as governor to work harder for big pharmaceutical companies instead of the people he’s been elected to serve. Research has shown that medical marijuana can ease the suffering of children with seizures, veterans with PTSD and people with chronic pain — just to name a few issues. We need to tell Gov. Deal and his disingenuous conservative politician friends to get out of the way and start helping Georgia families.