Georgia Awards Two Medical Cannabis Licenses

The Georgia Commission for Access to Medical Cannabis recently awarded two cannabis industry licenses following delays due to claims that the selection process was unfair and arbitrary.

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The Georgia Commission for Access to Medical Cannabis has awarded its first two medical cannabis production licenses, The Current reports. The licenses to cultivate, process, and sell low-THC medical cannabis oil was awarded to Trulieve Georgia Inc. and Biological Sciences. Trulieve is building its cultivation facility in Adel and Biological Sciences is building west of Savanna in Glennville.

The announcement comes seven years after Georgia lawmakers decriminalized low-THC oil in the state. While the bill legalizing the oils was originally passed in 2015, it provided no legal way for producing the product. In 2019, the Legislature addressed the issue by creating a licensing structure and, more than a year ago, Georgia awarded six of those licenses. However, the licenses were put on hold after some applicants claimed the selection process had been unfair and arbitrary, the report says. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) ultimately set aside $150,000 from the governor’s emergency fund to hold hearings for those applicants who were not awarded licenses.

Trulieve Georgia President Lisa Pinkney told The Current that the company will begin work immediately to provide oil to patients. 

“The Georgia team is hard at work to begin operations as soon as possible to ensure those in need have access to Trulieve’s line of products. We’re also excited to share that Trulieve’s operation and its ancillary business partners are projected to create a wide range of jobs in the state as the business grows.” — Pinkney to The Current 

The company plans on initially opening five dispensaries throughout the state.

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