Georgia Court of Appeals Will Take Up Challenge to Medical Cannabis Licensing Process

Georgia Court of Appeals Will Take Up Challenge to Medical Cannabis Licensing Process
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<![CDATA[After protests and litigation derailed Georgia’s medical cannabis program, state regulators issued licenses to two companies in September to allow them to produce low-THC cannabis oil for the state’s registered patients.Now, the Georgia Court of Appeals is set to take up a new legal challenge to the licensing process, again stalling the program.Georgia passed a law in 2015 to allow registered patients to possess low-THC cannabis oil, but the statute did not establish a regulated system for cultivating, processing or dispensing cannabis in the state.RELATED: How Are Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Patients Supposed to Access Cannabis Oil?It wasn’t until 2019 that Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation into law to set up a regulatory framework for the production, processing and sale of medical cannabis oil that contains no more than 5% THC.The 2019 law also established the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which was tasked with drafting regulations for the industry and licensing up to six private companies to produce the oil and sell it to patients.RELATED: Georgia Will Now Allow the Production and Sale of Low-THC Medical Cannabis OilSixty-nine companies applied for the licenses, and regulators tentatively named six license winners in July 2021; Trulieve Georgia, Inc., an affiliate of Florida-based Trulieve Cannabis Corp., and Botanical Sciences LLC, a Glennville-based company, were selected to grow up to 100,000 square feet of medical cannabis, while FFD GA Holdings, TheraTrue Georgia LLC, Natures GA LLC and Treevana Remedy Inc. were chosen to cultivate up to 50,000 square feet.The companies were given one year to begin operations, and each licensee was permitted to open up to five retail locations to serve patients.What followed has been a string of legal challenges and delays.More than a dozen unsuccessful applicants initially filed protests, and the original licensing contracts were never finalized.RELATED: Georgia’s Small Farmers Shut Out…

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