Legislation to Revive Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Program Dies at End of Legislative Session

Legislation to Revive Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Program Dies at End of Legislative Session
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<![CDATA[Roughly 20,000 patients enrolled in Georgia’s medical cannabis program will have to continue to wait for access to low-THC oil after lawmakers failed to pass legislation to revive the state’s stalled business licensing process.A compromise bill that would have reopened the application process to license three more facilities failed to clear the Senate April 4, according to the Georgia Recorder.Since 2015, Georgia’s registered patients can legally possess cannabis oil containing a maximum of 5% THC, but they have no way to legally purchase the oil, which has yet to be produced and sold in the state.RELATED: How Are Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Patients Supposed to Access Cannabis Oil?Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation in 2019 to establish a regulated system for the production, processing, and sale of medical cannabis oil, and the newly created Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission licensed six companies last year to serve the market.Sixteen unsuccessful applicants then challenged the licensing process, which has since stalled the rollout of the program.RELATED: Georgia’s Small Farmers Shut Out During ‘Secretive’ Cannabis Licensing Process, Advocate SaysLawmakers tried during this year’s session to offer up a legislative solution, and the House and Senate passed two different proposals last month to revive the program.The measure approved by the House, House Bill 1425, would have restarted Georgia’s medical cannabis licensing process, throwing out the six licenses that were tentatively awarded last year.The proposal approved by the Senate, Senate Bill 609, would have given the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission a May 31 deadline to license six companies that had previously applied for licenses, but not necessarily the six companies that were tentatively awarded licenses last year.The Senate Health and Human Services Committee ultimately voted March 22 to advance the Senate’s measure, and a conference committee made up of members of the two legislative…

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