Deal outlines plans for clinical trials of cannabis oil treatments at GRU

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

ATLANTA (WRDW) - After consulting with the FDA, Gov. Nathan Deal announces his plan on how to make cannabis oil a safe and legal treatment for children suffering from epileptic disorders.

Deal spoke with the Food and Drug Administration on how the state can start legal clinical trials with cannabis oil products at Georgia Regents University Augusta.

Deal says there are two tracks on which they are considering, but they are not seeing the options as mutually exclusive.

The Governor's says the most promising solution involves pairing GRU with a private pharmaceutical company that has developed a purified cannabinoid oil that is being tested by the FDA.

The second option is to pursue a second clinical trial at GRU that would use cannabinoid oil from cannabis grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at its farm at the University of Mississippi.

The president of GRU expressed his appreciation for what he says was a vote of confidence from Georgia's governor.

“As the state’s academic health center encompassing the Children's Hospital of Georgia, we have a responsibility to address the needs of families whose children are suffering,” said Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz. “We are appreciative to Gov. Nathan Deal for this vote of confidence and look forward to working with the state to establish clinical trials to research the benefits of treating epilepsy and other neurological conditions with cannabinoid oil."

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