For today's weed news we go to the great state of Georgia.
It's official... Georgia governor Brian Kemp just signed House Bill 324, AKA, Georgia's Hope Act into law!
According to 420Intel.com, the bill "establishes a regulatory commission to oversee the eventual production, manufacturing, and dispensing of products possessing specified quantities of plant-derived THC to qualified patients. The law allows for the licensing of up to six privately owned cultivation operations, and also seeks collaboration with the University of Georgia in the manufacturing of THC infused extract and oils."
Technically, medical cannabis has been legal in the state of Georgia since 2015 when a law was passed that allowed patients to have low THC cannabis oil extracts with a THC and CBD concentration of up to 5%. And the thing is that up until now, there was no way for patients to get access to such an oil, because there was no dispensaries or any other place where they can legally buy it.
The state of Georgia currently has over 9000 MMJ patients and that number is expected to increase now that this law has been passed. That being said, state-run manufacturing and dispensing operations are not expected to start functioning for another year or two.
Thankfully, House Bill 324 will also allow up to 6 private companies to enter the space, and experts predict that such companies will most likely be up and running, and ready to provide low-THC cannabis oil to registered patients much sooner.
Although I obviously feel like this is not going far enough as far as giving sick people access to medicines that can help them, I feel like it is a step in the right direction for sure. As more and more places warm up to medical as well as recreational Cannabis, I predict that Georgia will continue updating its laws and eventually allow people to purchase and consume flower as well as edibles. But that's just my opinion.
Shoutouts to Governor Brian Kemp for signing the bill.
And that's what's up in the great state of Georgia!
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