The Georgia Entry to Medical Hashish Fee voted unanimously to award medical marijuana licenses to 6 corporations on the Walker County Civic Middle on Saturday, July 24, 2021. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM
Corporations could have one yr to start operations after contracts are signed following potential protests from shedding bidders, offering for sufferers affected by circumstances together with seizures, terminal cancers and Parkinson’s illness.
Two corporations gained licenses to domesticate medical marijuana oil on 100,000 sq. toes of indoor rising house: Trulieve GA Inc., an affiliate of Florida-based Trulieve Hashish Corp., and Botanical Sciences LLC, a enterprise situated in Glennville in South Georgia.
4 corporations shall be licensed to function smaller manufacturing services with 50,000 sq. toes of rising room: FFD GA Holdings, TheraTrue Georgia LLC, Natures GA LLC and Treevana Treatment Inc.
The fee scored every enterprise based mostly on standards set in a state law creating the hashish oil manufacturing program in 2019. Companies submitted plans for manufacturing, enterprise operations, services and seed-to-sale monitoring. The highest-scoring companies gained Georgia’s licenses.
Commissioners mentioned they hope corporations will be capable of rapidly start operations to supply low THC oil for ready sufferers. The profitable corporations had been introduced in Rock Spring in northwest Georgia as a part of the fee’s dedication to journey throughout the state and never simply deal with metro Atlanta.
“The sufferers are No. 1 in Georgia. If we are able to present them what we want as rapidly as we are able to, that’s what our job is,” mentioned Austell Police Chief Bob Starrett, a member of the fee.
Jessica Reid of Atlanta says the approval of medical marijuana oil licenses will assist her legally receive low THC oil for her 4-year-old son, Emmanuel, who suffers from seizures. Reid attended the assembly of the Georgia Entry to Medical Hashish Fee on the Walker County Civic Middle on Saturday, July 24, 2021. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM
After extended debates within the Capitol, a sequence of payments passed into regulation and a licensing course of that started a yr and a half in the past, Georgia will quickly have a functioning marijuana program. Till now, sufferers have obtained low THC oil illegally, both via an off-the-cuff community of sufferers or by touring to different states to purchase it.
“We’re lastly at a second the place we are able to transfer ahead with honoring the subsequent step on this course of,” mentioned Judith Rochon, a psychiatrist for Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Well being Division and a member of the fee.
When the drug begins to be bought at dispensaries, solely registered sufferers shall be allowed to purchase it. Sufferers will be capable of receive medical marijuana oil in the event that they endure from a number of circumstances described in Georgia regulation, obtain approval from a health care provider and apply for a low THC oil registration card from the Georgia Division of Public Well being.
The variety of medical marijuana producers may develop sooner or later.
Fee chairman Christopher Edwards, principal surgeon at Atlanta Neurological & Backbone Institute, mentioned he’ll ask the Georgia Normal Meeting to approve an extra two to 4 licenses.
State legislators initially restricted the variety of licenses as a part of a compromise between Home and Senate leaders who had struggled to strike a stability between offering entry to respectable sufferers whereas stopping unlawful marijuana distribution.
“The sufferers of Georgia need to have entry to a drugs they’re signed up for with the Division of Public Well being,” mentioned J’Lyn Furby of American Kinetics, a public relations agency that focuses on compliance within the hashish business. “This historic day within the state of Georgia goes to alleviate households of the chance to their livelihoods of bringing in medical hashish oil.”
The subsequent steps within the medical marijuana program shall be finalizing contract awards for the six profitable corporations, then beginning operations within the coming months.