Georgia medical marijuana commission opens applications for production

Georgia is accepting applications from businesses to manufacture medical marijuana in the state, getting one step closer to allowing those in need of the cannabis oil to legally obtain it — five years after the state Legislature legalized the treatment.

The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission unanimously approved the process that would allow the state’s nearly 14,000 registered patients to obtain Georgia oil for treatment. The proposal can be found on the group’s website. Manufacturers have until have until 2 p.m. Dec. 28 to apply.

“I do think this is the first step in a really great economic development opportunity with an emphasis on Georgia business and small business development,” said Andrew Turnage, the commission’s executive director. “The commission works very hard to keep this process moving forward every single day.”

The commission hopes to issue licenses by March. Manufacturers say it could take anywhere from six months to a year before the oil is available for patients.

Patients have been allowed to use medical marijuana in Georgia since 2015, but it was only last year that the General Assembly passed a bill permitting its production and sale. [Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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