Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday a measure that expands the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 16 makes six more conditions eligible for treatment with a limited form of cannabis oil allowed in Georgia: AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome.

It also allows patients in hospice care to possess the oil. In 2015, patients and, in the case of children, families registered with the state, were granted the ability to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight specific illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

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Michelle Baruchman ~ AJC.com ~

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