ATLANTA – The fight to make medical cannabis more accessible here in Georgia takes a step forward. The state licensed two companies to grow it in Georgia.
The move is good news for parents of children living with life-threatening seizures.
At the moment in Georgia it is legal to possess medicinal cannabis, but you cannot buy it.
Some parents, like Janea Peloquin, moved out of state just to get it for their children’s seizures. They say the decision to allow companies in the state to grow medicinal cannabis is a step in the right direction.
Janea Peloquin’s daughter Haliegh Cox suffered from hundreds of severe seizures every day. So they left their family in Georgia and moved to Colorado, where medicinal cannabis is legal to buy.
“Colorado just seemed like the best place until we could legalize it and grow it in Georgia,” Peloquin said.
Peloquin was part of a core of passionate parents fighting to bring medical marijuana cannabis to Georgia. Haleigh’s Hope, the state’s medicinal cannabis law, is named after Haleigh Cox. There’s even a product called Haleigh’s Hope. Peloquin can own medicinal cannabis right here in Georgia. She just can’t buy the product that bears her daughter’s name.
“It was becoming increasingly clear that until we could grow in Georgia, we needed to be close to where we could get the drugs,” Peloquin said.
That day may come soon. The state on Wednesday issued licenses to begin producing medicinal cannabis here in Georgia.
“It’s a good step in the right direction. That’s for sure,” said Peloquin.
“I understand there’s progress, but it’s beyond baby steps,” said Corey Lowe, whose daughter Victoria also suffered from severe seizures before trying medicinal cannabis.
Lowe says state regulators should have acted a long time ago.
“We’ve been in this fight since 2013. We should have had drugs in the hands of patients long ago,” Lowe said.
Both parents hope that the decision to allow medical cannabis production in Georgia will bring more relief to their daughters.
“Hopefully within a year we can safely access her oil from a trusted source and get her the medicine she needs,” Lowe said.
“Maybe we can go back home and finally be in Georgia where they’ve helped us so much,” Peloquin said.