Georgia parents regain custody of son after treating his epilepsy with cannabis

A Georgia boy suffering from severe epilepsy is back at home today, but he’s barred from using the smokeable cannabis that stopped his seizures for 71 days.

A fifteen-year-old taken into custody by Georgia’s Division of Family and Children’s Services after his parents gave him marijuana to stop his severe seizures has been reunited with his family after more than a month of separation.

On Monday, the Twiggs County Juvenile Court issued a protective order outlining the conditions under which Matthew and Suzeanna Brill could regain custody of their son, David Ray. The Brills still face criminal charges for providing their son with cannabis. But following the conditions of the protective order could lead to the case’s dismissal.


All of the obstacles to marijuana legalization in Georgia

Marijuana legalization in Georgia is moving slowly. But it is moving.

Four months ago, HT writer Chris Roberts asked if Georgia would be the next state to legalize marijuana.


The case of Georgia parents jailed for providing son medical marijuana reveals crazy variation in state cannabis laws

In neighboring states Matthew and Suzeanna Brill could have gotten a prescription to treat their son's chronic seizures. In Georgia they were arrested and lost custody of him.

It’s common today for people to discuss the divides in the country, typically along political lines. Red state, blue state, etc.


Georgia family loses custody of son after giving him marijuana to treat seizures

The parents are now facing reckless conduct charges.

Last month, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services took custody of Suzeanna and Matthew Brill's son after Twiggs County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested them for giving him marijuana.

It's a charge they don't deny.

"We openly admitted to them in front of Twiggs County sheriff's deputies," said Matthew Brill.

Their son, who we're not identifying because he is a minor and because of the sensitive nature of this case, was taken from the Brill's custody.

According to a Twiggs County Sheriff's Office report they're now charged with reckless conduct.

However, they say they're not bad parents -- they were doing what they had to to stop their son's frequent seizures.


Georgia governor signs PTSD medical marijuana bill into law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a bill Monday legalizing the use of medical marijuana for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intractable pain.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that the bill adds PTSD and intractable pain to the existing list of conditions eligible for cannabis oil treatment.

Georgia first passed a medical marijuana bill in 2015 and will now cover more than a dozen conditions.


Tons of marijuana sold legally in Colorado making its way to other states, including Georgia

As the legal marijuana business continues to boom in Colorado, some authorities warn of the increasing rate of individuals illegally selling marijuana in and out of the state.

In 2016, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Colorado drug task forces completed 163 investigations of individuals or organizations involved in illegally selling Colorado marijuana.

According to the officials, these cases led to:


Fewer opioids prescribed in medical marijuana states

The availability of medical marijuana has significantly reduced opioid prescribing for Medicaid and Medicare patients, according to two large studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

In one study, researchers at the University of Georgia looked at Medicare Part D prescription drug data from 2010 to 2015. They found that the number of daily doses prescribed for morphine (-14%), hydrocodone (-10.5%) and fentanyl (-8.5%) declined in states with medical marijuana laws. However, daily doses for oxycodone increased (+4.4%) in those same states.


Medical marijuana bill for PTSD sufferers stalls in Georgia state senate

Supporters of the legislation say it is in “grave danger of dying” in a Senate committee.

Cannabis advocates in Georgia are outraged that the state Senate has indefinitely stalled a bill to add PTSD to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, even though the legislation has received strong support from the state House of Representatives as well as Gov. Nathan Deal.


Georgia lawmaker fights to allow epileptic students to use medical cannabis at school

Even in states with legal medical marijuana, federal law prohibits any form of cannabis usage on public school grounds.

One of the major battlegrounds over federal and state cannabis laws is the public school system, where students who are taking state-legal cannabis medications are being prevented from using their medicine.


Georgia seeks to reduce penalties for Marijuana

With two bills introduced in the state’s government, Georgia seeks to reduce penalties for marijuana possession. The capital city of Georgia, Atlanta, has already decriminalized possession. Are lawmakers trying to get the entire state on board?

The Bills

Before we talk about the two bills that were introduced in Georgia, let’s go over the current state of things. As of now, possessing more than one ounce of cannabis in Georgia is considered to be a felony. But within the city limits of Atlanta, the capital, marijuana is decriminalized up to one ounce.


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