Marijuana oil studies get OK in Georgia

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday revived an effort to let children suffering from seizures try medicinal marijuana oil as treatment.

At a news conference in Atlanta, Deal said he wants to pursue clinical trials of cannabis oil at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, the state's academic health center.

Marijuana's federal designation in 1970 as a Schedule 1 drug -- along with heroin and morphine -- makes it difficult for scientists to obtain cannabis for use in studies.

"I have spoken directly with the FDA, and they have shown a willingness to work with the state of Georgia," Deal said.

The most promising solution, Deal said, involves pairing the university with GW Pharmaceuticals, a British company that has purified liquid cannabis oil in the FDA testing phase.