Finally, Georgia can grow medical marijuana. Here’s what you need to know.

April 26th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »
Georgia Medical Marijuana

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Four years ago, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Haleigh’s Hope Act, which made low-THC cannabis oil legal to use by those with certain medical conditions. However, as it was still against the law to buy or grow marijuana in the state, it was virtually impossible to obtain the oil in Georgia. Patients were forced to buy cannabis oil in legal states such as Colorado, then violate federal law by transporting it across state lines. Essentially, medical marijuana was a legal substance that was illegal to obtain.

On April 17, Governor Brian Kemp alleviated some of medical marijuana’s legal purgatory by signing House Bill 324. The law solves a lot of problems for the state’s more than 9,500 registered medical marijuana patients, but there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out before patients will be able to legally get state-sanctioned cannabis oil in their hands. Here’s what you should know:

So what does this law do?
The law makes it legal to produce and distribute low-THC oils in Georgia. It does this by allowing six private companies and two state universities—the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University—to grow marijuana and produce medical cannabis oil in Georgia. Two of the private companies will be able to grow cannabis on up to 100,000 square feet of space, and the other four will

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