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Gov. Deal issues executive order on medical marijuana

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday instructing state agencies to get ready to put in place the medical marijuana law the General Assembly enacted this week.

The governor promised to sign the bill after the legislative session is over to make sure no conflict arises with other legislation.

“This executive order is the first step in bringing home families who’ve sought relief elsewhere and for providing new medical solutions for Georgians suffering from debilitating conditions,” Deal said.

“I’ve instructed the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Department of Public Health to begin taking immediate steps ahead of this law’s enactment. At the same time, law enforcement, health care providers and other stakeholders should make appropriate preparations.”

Under the bill, which passed both legislative chambers overwhelmingly, Georgians suffering from eight medical conditions – or a parent or caregiver in the case of a child patient – may legally possess a marijuana derivative that has proven effective in reducing pain and seizures.

The diseases covered include cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle cell anemia.

Under the process the legislation sets in place, the state Composite Medical Board will draft a patient waiver and physician certification form. Upon completion, the forms will be available to patients meeting the specified criteria.

Once certified by the appropriate health care provider, patients will be provided with documentation allowing for possession of low-THC cannabidiol oil.

Angel investors tax credit bill clears Georgia Senate

The General Assembly gave final passage Friday to legislation renewing Georgia’s angel investors tax credit.

The Georgia Senate passed the bill 48-3 and sent it to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

The state House of Representatives passed the legislation unanimously two weeks ago.

Since the tax credit took effect four years ago, 225 qualified startups and early-growth companies have registered with the state Department of Revenue for angel investment dollars.

That money has helped those businesses created more than 200 net new jobs with a payroll of about $10 million.

Many of the new jobs are being generated by incubators at The University of Georgiaand Georgia Tech, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens.

“This is going to help bring more high-tech, high-paying jobs to Georgia,” added Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell.

The bill will renew the tax credit for three years.

The total dollar value of credits available is capped at $5 million a year. Individual businesses can receive no more than $50,000 annually.

Nardwuar vs. Wale

Nardwuar interviews Wale at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas

Trailer: Southpaw

The film also stars Rachel McAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora, Tyrese Gibson and Miguel Gomez.

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