As reported in the Newnan Times-Herald Coweta County’s legislators talked about the change in the Certificate of Need law, and about issues related to land near the ocean and programs that impact veterans at the annual Pancakes and Politics breakfast. The breakfast was held Wednesday morning at Newnan Country Club. Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, moderated the event, which was sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. State Sen. Matt Brass talked about the complicated process that led to changes in the Certificate of Need law, a change which allows more Georgia patients to get care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. “When you get under the Gold Dome, it’s one of the most divisive issues we have,” Brass said of the CON.  “We ended up sitting down and working on something both sides could agree on. That bill did not come out of Senate.”Facets of that bill are included in a bill the...READ MORE
The new law allows cannabis to be grown at four facilities in the state, and oils to be sold at 28 dispensaries. On Wednesday, Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that will allow medical marijuana patients to legally purchase some cannabis products in the state.  The state has allowed patients to use cannabis oil since 2015, but they have not been legally able to purchase oils in Georgia, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It is also illegal to grow cannabis or bring it in from another state.  Dr. Larry Tune, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist at Emory University Hospital, said that he would write prescriptions for medical marijuana, knowing how difficult it would be for patients to obtain.  “We can do that paperwork but it’s pointless,” he said.  The new law allows cannabis to be grown at four facilities in the state, and oils to be sold at 28 dispensaries, the AJC reported. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure on Wednesday, a little under a week after it...READ MORE
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