Legal medical marijuana sales in Georgia could begin by the end of the year after state regulators signed off on rules governing the state's low-THC cannabis oil program. Under a set of rules approved Wednesday by the Georgia Medical Marijuana Commission, the first producers could be operational this spring, with dispensaries opening six to eight months later, according to the Albany Herald.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed the state's Hope Act into law in April 2019, legalizing the possession of medical cannabis oil with a THC content of up to 5 percent for people who are registered in the state registry and suffer from one of a limited number of medical conditions. But efforts by state lawmakers to "start the stalled licensing process" and expand access to products other than oils and tinctures have failed. Georgia bans marijuana flower and food products. The state issued Class 1 licenses to Botanical Sciences and Trulieve Georgia in September, but there is still no patient access because lawmakers and regulators have been slow to pass implementing legislation. Under rules approved Wednesday, Georgia will eventually authorize up to six companies to manufacture and sell low-THC oils.
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