Passage of House Bill 65 permits patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to receive a physician’s authorization to possess oils high in cannabidiol and low in THC. The bill also creates a study commission to make policy recommendations with regard to whether the state should provide in-state production and distribution of CBD products.
Under the law, eligible patients may possess up to 20 ounces of CBD-infused oils as long as they contain no more than five percent THC. However, the law does not provide for the licensed production of these products. According to a 2018 statewide poll commissioned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 77 percent of voters support amending the law to permit the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis.