Georgia House and Senate Advance Two Different Bills to Revive Medical Cannabis Program

Georgia House and Senate Advance Two Different Bills to Revive Medical Cannabis Program
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<![CDATA[Georgia lawmakers have been busy working on proposals to jumpstart the production and sale of low-THC cannabis oil in the state after licensing disputes delayed the rollout of the program.Two different bills to revive the state’s medical cannabis program passed the House and Senate March 15, the Crossover Day deadline for legislation to pass at least one chamber of the Georgia Legislature to stay alive this year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.RELATED: Georgia Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Redo Medical Cannabis Licensing ProcessThe state’s roughly 20,000 registered patients have suffered years of regulatory limbo that allowed them to possess—but not legally purchase—the medical cannabis oil, which can contain no more than 5% THC under state law.Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation in 2019 to legalize the production and sale of the oil, and a new regulatory body, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, licensed six companies last year to do the job.The rollout of the program then stalled when 16 unsuccessful applicants challenged the licensing process.RELATED: Georgia’s Small Farmers Shut Out During ‘Secretive’ Cannabis Licensing Process, Advocate SaysThe bills that cleared the Georgia House and Senate Tuesday aim to get the program back on track, though each piece of legislation contains a different proposal to do so.The measure approved by the House, Rep. Bill Werkhiser’s (R-Glennville) House Bill 1425, would essentially restart the state’s medical cannabis licensing program, throwing out the six licenses that were tentatively awarded last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.“I wish I could say that we’re in a good spot, but we’re not,” Werkheiser told the news outlet. “If we do nothing, we’re in a bad position, and if we do something, it’s not so great either. But I think we’ve got something that will move the process forward. This issue is too important to get wrong.”H.B. 1425 cleared…

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