In the last four years, around 8,000 patients have registered for medical marijuana treatment in Georgia. With the approval of a current piece of legislation, that program will expand to allow growth of marijuana plants and also the sale of low-THC level oils.

The bill would set up a fully integrated business model for licensed dispensaries, so they would be responsible for the growth, manufacture, and sale of oils with low levels of THC, a product that some residents currently bring in illegally because it is the best option for treatment of conditions they deal with.

It would expand the number of licensed dispensaries to 10 within the state, allowing for better service for more than 8,400 patients — all who struggle because THC oil is not available in the state.

The oil that is the main topic of concern has shown notable results for seizure reduction, as well as easing the agonizing effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Crohn’s Disease as well as helping with autism. Patients have struggled to acquire the treatment, with little success. This measure to make the oil accessible in the state would greatly reduce their struggle and help them find relief.

The bill does create concern for some legislators, who see the approval of growth of marijuana in the state as a stepping stone for legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The prevalent opinion in Georgia remains opposed to legalization for recreational use. For those legislators working to pass this bill, they feel the significant restrictions imposed by the bill will allow it to reach the governor and get signed into law.

Others are opposed to the oil itself, sharing opinions that the drug is not safe for those who use it and may not have the health benefits that some people believe it has.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in more than 30 states across the U.S., and 31 of those states have legalized growth to some extent. This measure allows greater access for those marijuana patients, as well as the ability to produce the products that contain marijuana and help provide necessary relief for various conditions.