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Governor Pushes Marijuana Drug Trials

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the chairman of London-based GW Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Geoffrey Guy, met earlier this week at Georgia Regents University to discuss the chances of holding clinical trials of the drug company’s marijuana-based drug for children with seizure disorders.

According to local sources such as The Augusta Chronicle, Guy, also spoke to faculty and students during Grand Rounds on Tuesday. He spoke on the subject: “Finding the Medicine in Marijuana: New developments in cannabinoid medications.”


Medical marijuana Use/Image: 449Recovery

GW Pharmaceuticals has a drug derived from cannabidiol, one of the most active of the compounds in marijuana that don’t “produce a high”, named Epidiolex. Epidolex has reportedly gone through prior preliminary observational studies here in the United States and is also ready for “clinical trials in certain syndromes.” In fact, GWP recently reported that initial studies of patients with “difficult seizure disorders” (such as Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes) who were treated Epidiolex in New York and San Francisco had a 50 percent or higher reduction in the quantity of seizures.

Deal, inspired to act following the Georgia Legislature’s failure to pass a bill this year to approve clinical trials of cannabidiol oil, signed a document with GRU, GWP and the University System of Georgia regarding the further exploration of having clinical trials there. Georgia Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) promoted a bill last year that would have allowed patients access to cannabidiol oil. He thinks the fact that this is all happening somewhere other than the capitol “is great”

He stated: “It is encouraging. There is clear indication that Epidiolex . . . has shown some real positive results. I am grateful for their acceleration of their involvement with GRU and grateful for the governor for initiating that.”

Peake added, however, that parents who would like to be involved are telling him that the studies are currently “limited to certain diagnoses” and additional legislation could still be required in order to “provide greater access.” Peake, the co-chair of a study committee on medical marijuana, concluded: “I would anticipate that we’re still going to need to look at a more extensive framework for medical cannabis in Georgia than just (the clinical trials).”

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana, changed the world….hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women’s rights…you don’t deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL…

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD=Can’t Be Done), sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions?
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    ?Deaths by Guns: Millions
    ?Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    ?Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • Will Phoenix

    Hi Immortal,
    Thanks again for reading my stuff. In fact, I’m working on a related story as we speak so watch for it today!

  • concernedparentandtaxpayer

    We’re fortunate that Representative Peake is planning to reintroduce legislation to move this forward at a more family-friendly pace. There is already plenty of evidence that these children benefit, but even if the science is incomplete, it’s wrong to lock up parents for trying to take care of their children. It’s time to start treating others the way we would want to be treated. No one would want their child to suffer when there is a natural, safe product that may help them. No one would want to face jail as a threat if they chose to use this product for their child. THANK YOU, Representative Peake, for bringing this hope to Georgia!