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Governor to decide Tuesday whether to expand Georgia's medical marijuana program

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal has until the end of the day Tuesday to decide whether to sign or veto a bill that seeks to expand legal access to cannabis oil in Georgia.

Senate Bill 16 would allow more conditions to be eligible for treatment under Georgia's medical marijuana program. Those conditions include severe forms of autism, AIDS, Alzheimer's Disease and Tourette's Syndrome. Also, patients in hospice programs, no matter their diagnosis, would be allowed access to the oil.

Deal is planning a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday for a trio of other bills related to criminal justice. He will sign the following bills at 9 a.m. at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon:

  • Senate Bill 174 ensures the sustained success of Georgia's accountability courts, enhances Georgia's probation system so that resources are focused at the front-end of terms when chances of recidivism are highest, and improves opportunities for prosecutor and victim input in the parole process.
  • Senate Bill 175 aims to reduce juvenile delinquency and protect public safety when a juvenile is deemed incompetent to proceed and also creates new parental accountability orders, a tool for juvenile court judges to encourage increased parental involvement.
  • Senate Bill 176 contains provisions that clarify the terms for habitual violator driving permits and require that individuals are notified by mail prior to the issue of a bench warrant for failure to appear for a non-serious traffic offense.

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