Georgia Governor Appoints New Cannabis Commission Chair

Georgia Governor Appoints New Cannabis Commission Chair

<![CDATA[As roughly 20,000 medical cannabis patients await a low-THC oil program rollout in Georgia, a key personnel change was made to the commission that’s in charge of regulating the program. Gov. Brian Kemp announced April 18 that he appointed Sid Johnson to chair the seven-member Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which is tasked with overseeing the state’s regulated licensing, cultivation, production, manufacturing and sale of low-THC oil (containing a maximum of 5%), as well as dispensing to registered patients. Johnson is a former state Administrative Services commissioner and a current University of Georgia faculty member. He replaces outgoing medical cannabis commission chair Dr. Christopher Edwards, whose departure remains unclear as to whether it came voluntarily, FOX 5 Atlanta reported. Kemp thanked Edwards for his “dedicated service at the helm of the commission,” in a press release announcing the change. “[Edwards] helped institute many policies and procedures that will allow the commission to continue its critically important work, and we wish him well as he continues his distinguished medical career,” Kemp said. The commission, which was established in 2019, includes a chair and two members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the lieutenant governor, and two members appointed by the state speaker of the house. While the commission attempted to license six companies last year to serve the market, 16 unsuccessful applicants challenged the licensing process, which has since stalled the rollout of the program. As a result, roughly 20,000 patients enrolled in the program have nowhere to legally purchase the low-THC oil, despite being legally allowed to possess it since 2015. RELATED: Legislation to Revive Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Program Dies at End of Legislative Session With the change to the makeup of the commission, Kemp said in Monday’s press release that he is looking forward to the…

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