News Release: GA C.A.R.E. / N.O.R.M.L. Brings Medical Marijuana to the Gold Dome… Literally

Georgia C.A.R.E. and Peachtree N.O.R.M.L. have joined forces to bring Elvy Musikka to Atlanta on Feb.10th. Elvy is one of only four federal medical marijuana patients allowed to legally possess cannabis. She will bring a canister of cannabis to the Georgia State Capitol in an effort to educate the public, media and lawmakers. Join us for the rally on Feb 10th 1 pm at Liberty Plaza across from the Gold Dome.

*Medical Patient to Bring Medical Marijuana to the Georgia State Capitol*

Atlanta GA: In a effort to educate the public, media and lawmakers about the use of whole plant medical marijuana, a federally approved patient will bring her medicine (cannabis) to the Georgia State Capitol for the Rally for Peace, Justice and Unity at 1:00 PM on February 10th at Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State capitol, hosted by Peachtree N.O.R.M.L. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Elvy Musikka, 75, from Eugene OR, is one of four remaining patients approved to receive legal marijuana under the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, or IND. The program allows patients to use a smokable form of marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi and delivered through the mail monthly. The program is administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and closed to new entrants.

Elvy will bring her canister of legal pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes to Atlanta for the rally and interviews with members of the Georgia media.

Sharon Ravert, director of Peachtree N.O.R.M.L. said the goal is to show Georgia we have nothing to fear from the whole plant. In fact for many it is the only option.

“23 other states provide safe access to whole plant medical marijuana, Georgia should follow their lead and provide for in-state cultivation, whole plant medicine and we must stop treating patients like criminals”, Ravert said. “If marijuana is safe and effective for a 75 year old to treat her glaucoma for 40 years, and travel the world with, it is safe enough to enact laws that provides medicine here in Georgia.”

THC, one of the active compounds of cannabis, is used to treat glaucoma and other medical conditions. Smoking cannabis is often preferred by patients because of the immediate relief they receive. Edible products are not provided under the federal IND program.

In 1979, Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to approve medical marijuana for treatment of cancer related conditions and glaucoma.

Breaking News: Gov Deal slams door on medical marijuana for 2015

As state officials try to put a positive spin and what appears to be a rejection of medical marijuana by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, advocate are circling the wagons and accessing their next move.

Georgia C.A.R.E. will continue to fight and advocate for legal marijuana and medicine for these in need.

Georgia Documents Reveal Benefits of Smoking Marijuana for Cancer Nausea Treatment

Georgia C.A.R.E. Project has obtained a long forgotten document summarizing Georgia’s medical marijuana research program enacted in 1980. The eight page document from 1983 summarized the data collected during a short research program concerning smoking marijuana and THC capsules for treatment of cancer chemotherapy as an anti-emetic (nausea ). The research program also included treatment for glaucoma, but no documents have been found to support this research. Some believe the research documents were destroyed by the state of Georgia and/or Emory University.

With the unanimous passage of the Georgia Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Act in 1980 Georgia was one a the first states in the nation to pass medical marijuana legislation.

A joint study by the state of Georgia and Emory University included more than 100 patients. Canisters of pre-rolled cigarettes from the federal government’s cultivation program at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) were given to patients selected by the Patient Qualification Review Board and were allowed to take home the canisters and use the cannabis on their own and report the results on forms. THC was also given to patients in a capsule form. The study focused on the efficacy and toxicity of cannabis.

According to a former state spokesperson familiar with the program, the research was suspended after the federal government cut off the supply of what was described as “ditch weed”. Issues with patient participation included a stigma attached to smoking marijuana as many of these patients were older adults with little or no experience with marijuana and the lack of quality (harshness) of the cannabis being produced in the 1980s. Some patients preferred swallowing a capsule but with nausea keeping the medicine down was a problem.

The study concluded that smoking marijuana (whole plant) and THC capsules to be an “effective anti-emetics”.

In 2015, the debate over medicinal cannabis continues in Georgia with competing bills being introduced. It is expected that some form of medical cannabis will be approved in the 2015 session, but many observers remain cautiously optimistic given the political shenanigans that occurred in the 2014 session that killed House Bill 885.