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NEW !   A Guide to Enacting Medical Marijuana in Georgia

In 1980 Georgia General Assembly unanimously passed a medical marijuana research act, (Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Act – (Code 43-34-120) becoming one of the first states to recognize the medical benefits of marijuana. With support of Lt. Gov. Zell Miller, House Speaker Tom Murphy, Rep. Virlyn Smith and Governor George Busbee, this landmark legislation opened the doors to therapeutic cannabis. The law relied upon federal cooperation and supply, therefore rendering the law cumbersome and ineffective in accomplishing its goal to further the research into the benefits of medical marijuana.

Spillers v. Georgia 245 S.E. 2d 54, 55 (1978) – State Court of Appeals ruled that the lack of any recognition of marijuana’s medical uses by the state legislature precluded the court from allowing the medical necessity defense.

Patient Qualification Review Board

The Georgia Composite Medical Board is recruiting physicians for the Patient Qualification Review Board (PQRB) who elect to participate to evaluate the response rates of oral THC, standardized smoking, and patient controlled smoking of anti-emetics in cancer patients who have failed to respond to conventional anti-emetics therapy. The PQRB is limited to clinical trials and research into therapeutic applications of marijuana only for use in treating glaucoma and in treating the side effects of  chemotherapeutic agents and radiation and should not be construed as either encouraging or sanctioning the social use of marijuana. For additional information, see O.C.G.A. 43-34-121 Article 5, Use of Marijuana for Treatment of Cancer and Glaucoma.

The Board is recruiting the following specialties:

Board certified physician of Ophthalmology

Board certified physician in Surgery

Board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology

Board certified physician in Psychiatry

Board certified physician in Radiology

A licensed Pharmacist

If you are interested, please send your CV to the Medical Board by email, facsimile, or regular mail to…

PQRB Georgia Composite Medical Board

2 Peachtree Street NW, 36th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 656-9723 (FAX)