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This past April Georgia became one of the latest states to decriminalize certain kinds of marijuana oil for patients with certain conditions. In doing so the state of Georgia admitted that marijuana is medicine and set boundaries on who could possess it. But one of the things the law did not address is how patients are supposed to obtain the oil without breaking the laws of various states and the federal government in order to obtain it.
At the same time Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, was signing the Haleigh’s Hope Act into law, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office was expending its limited resources to investigate, arrest and jail Bobby Thornton for making and distributing medical marijuana oil to patients in need.
In a recent interview with WFXL Fox 31, a Georgia patient described how she was able to manage her illness and unplug from a boatload of doctor-prescribed pharmaceutical medications. Heather Smith is taking anti-depressants now to ease her pain after Thornton was arrested two weeks ago. She staunchly defended her friend and caretaker, and made it clear that she would be in much worse shape than she is today were it not for his help.
“These prescription drugs aren’t working,” Smith told Fox 31. “The marijuana was what was working and my own doctor told me that. It doesn’t give me these side effects. It relaxes me and calms me down.”
Thornton was supplying Smith with cannabis oil capsules and cupcakes with marijuana baked in them. As of Wednesday he remained in the Worth County Jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana and violating Georgia’s new medical marijuana oil law.