Nearly 200 patients qualify for medical marijuana registry in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia health officials say nearly 200 patients so far have qualified for the state's new medical marijuana registry.

Authorities say they've also approved 166 doctors through the new registry, which went live in June.

The updates were given Wednesday to the state Commission on Medical Cannabis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that patients, families and doctors continue to grapple with issues about the oil and how it works, including how to dose it or how to buy or obtain it.

Advocates want the commission to recommend expanding the law, including developing guidelines related to cultivation and production in Georgia. Law enforcement officials have expressed skepticism about how that would work.

Manufacturers and growers who testified at Wednesday's hearing said their priorities in cultivating plants for the oil include safety, security measures and testing.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com


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