Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill, making Georgia the 36th state to legalize cannabis oil



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ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.

In a ceremony in the Capitol attended by about 100 parents, children and legislators, Deal on Thursday made Georgia the 36th state plus Washington, D.C., to legalize the use of marijuana extracts for medical use.

The conditions are cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease, seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson's disease and sickle cell.

Deal told a crowd that families who moved to Colorado so children could be treated can come home after the 30 to 60 days it will take the state to get ready.

Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, authored House Bill 1 and has championed the legalization cause.

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