Gov. Deal approves clinical trials of medical marijuana - CBS46 News

Gov. Deal approves clinical trials of medical marijuana

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Shannon and Blaine Cloud thought a proposal that may have helped ease their daughter's suffering was a sure bet to become a law, but on the last day of this year's legislative session lawmakers failed to act and the measure died.

"It was disappointing," said the girl's mother, Shannon Cloud.

The bill would have legalized medical marijuana for kids who suffer with severe seizures.

The Clouds' daughter, 8-year-old Alaina, who lives with a rare form of epilepsy, takes five medications that leave her with no appetite and little sleep.

"Our kids need help, they need help," Cloud said.

The Clouds and other families get help.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced he is approving clinical tests on medical cannabis, better known, as medical marijuana after his staff consulted with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

"The trials will be for children with epileptic disorders," Deal said. "Our priority here is children with seizures."

CBS 46 has learned the plan will let Georgia Regents University partner with British manufacturer G.W. Pharmaceuticals that is already testing cannabis oil.

A second option will let Georgia Regents obtain cannabis oil from federal regulators in Mississippi.

The governor cautioned, however, results will take time.

"This is not something that's going to provide immediate relief. This is something that will require many months, hopefully, not many years," Deal said.

The Clouds said the trials are an important first step.

"We feel confident it seems Gov. Deal is committed to doing something that will help our children, and we are hopeful it will happen this year," Cloud said.

When asked if his initiative could push legislators toward passing legislation to legalize medical cannabis, Deal responded, "it lays the ground. It may mean legislation will not be necessary or it may be tailored to something different from (legislation proposed) this year."

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