The number of Georgians with cards allowing possession of medical cannabis has soared more than 70 percent in one year. Currently, 14,511 people in... Medical marijuana card-holder numbers soar in Georgia

The number of Georgians with cards allowing possession of medical cannabis has soared more than 70 percent in one year.

Currently, 14,511 people in Georgia have permission to possess ‘‘low THC oil,’’ officials of the state’s Department of Public Health said this week. That’s up from 8,402 about a year ago.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, the one that gives users a “high.” The increase in cardholders comes despite the fact that it’s currently illegal to bring medical marijuana into the state.

Since 2015, Georgia has allowed people with several medical conditions to possess the oil, and it maintains a list of “permitted conditions” that can qualify a patient to do so. Last year, the state Legislature approved a bill allowing production and sale of medical marijuana in Georgia.

A new commission has been formed to figure out how to produce or import the low THC oil.

The leading health condition among cardholders is “intractable pain,’’ which was added to the list of permitted conditions in 2017. That’s followed by peripheral neuropathy, cancer, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, autism and Crohn’s disease. [Read more at Gwinnett Daily Post]

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