The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia recognizes the need for additional safe and efficacious therapies for the treatment of epilepsy. We support the evaluation of such treatments in a scientific manner that establishes that safety and efficacy. As of this time, despite predominantly anecdotal case reports, there is too little data to support such safety and efficacy of the routine use of marijuana and/or its extracts for such treatment.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia supports legislation that would legalize marijuana and/or its extracts in so far as it would then allow the thorough scientific evaluation of these substances in Institution Review Board approved controlled clinical trials to evaluate safety and efficacy. Only then could there be a decision made about the utility of such treatments in the management of various epilepsy conditions. We support legislation that limits availability to clinical research at this time.