- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials have announced the launch of a new registry as part of the state’s recent passage of a bill legalizing cannabis oil for patients with some medical conditions.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health unveiled the “Low THC Oil Registry,” a secure database of patients authorized to possess cannabis oil in the state.

Department commissioner and state health officer Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said the registry is an important step for the state.

“We are confident the electronic registry we have created will serve doctors and their patients quickly and efficiently long into the future,” Fitzgerald said.

In March, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order directing state agencies to begin preparations for the enactment of the state’s medical marijuana bill. The law will allow the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders, cancer and other diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The decision about whether or not a physician wishes to certify an eligible individual is left entirely to the physician’s discretion. Physicians will not risk their medical license by registering patients.

Those with a card can possess 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil.

Each secure registry card will cost $25 and will be valid for two years from the date it is issued.

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