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.