January 28, 2014 was a historic day in Georgia history.
A snow storm hit the Metro Atlanta area at around lunch time. In a panic, all schools and businesses closed at 1pm, putting over a million people on the road simultaneously. Now add 2 inches of snow falling and 20 degree temperatures. You know the rest. It took my COO and me 6 six hours to get from midtown to Brookhaven. And we were lucky to have a 4×4 truck that could go up hills. 1000s of cars were abandoned on the side of the roads because they couldn’t drive.
While the snow storm made national news, it was not the historical event of January 28, 2014.
The Georgia House of Representatives introduced HB 885 Haleigh’s Hope Act.
This bill basically resuscitated and updated the 1980 medical marijuana bill GA Code 43-34-120, Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Act. This bill enabled the State of Georgia to dispense cannabis for cancer and glaucoma. Haleigh’s Hope Act has included epilepsy to the list of ailments we can legally use marijuana and its derivatives to treat.
While this bill’s introduction is a HUGE step to providing suffering Georgians safe access to medical marijuana, it is far from law.
The next step is assigning the bill to committee and conducting hearings. If the House votes to pass the bill, it will move to the Georgia Senate and finally the Governor to sign into law.
While I am ecstatic about this bill’s introduction, there are a few parts that should be changed so that it can help more people. The main problem is that the bill only addresses patients suffering from epilepsy, cancer and glaucoma. Our years of experience show that there are some other equally serious, painful and fatal conditions that must be included during the first run of this bill. The conditions are multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
We know that this bill is going to be dissected and debated during the next few months. Halcyon Organics will fight to get these other conditions will covered in the final version of HB 885 Haleigh’s Hope Act.
If you have other conditions that you know medical marijuana treats, email or call your state representative and state senator and tell them that you are suffering and desperately need help and relief.
Halcyon Organics wants to thank all of the Georgia representatives who have stepped outside of their comfort zone and support allowing Georgians safe and legal access to medical marijuana. You guys are going to save 1000s of lives immediately and tens of thousands in the future.
Note: Haleigh’s Hope Act is not named after the Haleigh’s Hope strain. Both of these are named after the courageous little girl, Haleigh Cox. Haleigh’s Hope Act will allow Halcyon Organics legal ability to use the Haleigh’s Hope strain to save the real Haleigh Cox. Click here for information on the Haleigh’s Hope strain.
We are so close to saving Haleigh Cox and 10,000’s more of our neighbors and friends. We have momentum, we must keep fighting and we will succeed!
PS: The State Representatives and State Senators who vote against Haleigh’s Hope Act and researching the medicinal value of cannabis is public information. Voting against Haleigh’s Hope Act HB 885 is voting against saving a child’s life and forcing her family to leave their home, family and friends. I don’t think very many Georgians will vote for a candidate who supports letting children and suffering constituents die. 2014 is a big midterm election year. Halcyon Organics will communicate which candidates support enriching and saving Georgian’s lives.
By: Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.