Vote to Remove Secrecy in Georgia Access to Medical Marijuana Commission Failed

New rules could be approved soon in Georgia to sell and produce what is referred to in this article as “medical marijuana.” A Georgia commission titled the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission had passed and then rescinded rules specifically for medical marijuana sales. Now, as reported, the Commission is addressing the issue, in what the FOX 5 Atlanta post describes as “on the path forward.”

As reported, “The commission held a rules meeting on Wednesday discussing the revised criteria set to be voted on for testing, inspections, and distribution of the controlled substance.” Notably, previously unanimously approved rules were rescinded  last month based on a legal technicality: “it was discovered a notice of the meeting was not sent to the Office of Legislative Counsel, as prescribed by law.”

The new rules and the proper notices were posted to allow “low THC dispensaries to open.” Planned locations include MariettaNewnan, and Macon. This past September 2022, the commission granted two companies production licenses to grow medical marijuana: Botanical Sciences and Trulieve Georgia. These companies “will be able to cultivate medical marijuana oil” and be “authorized to open five dispensaries, which will serve only registered patients.”

Now, a “medical marijuana bill that would have removed the secrecy surrounding the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission and given more companies a chance to sell medical marijuana failed in the Senate Wednesday night.” The vote occurred in the final hours of the 2023 session.

D & B Staff

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