On Saturday, July 24th, 2021, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (the “Commission”) released its notice of intent to award production licenses to six companies following a lengthy competitive application process.  The application period closed in January 2021 and the Commission received nearly 70 applications for licenses. The Commission intends to award  two Class 1 licenses and four Class 2 production licenses.  The attorneys at Chilivis Grubman are proud to represent Trulieve GA Inc., the intended recipient of a Class 1 production license. 

The Commission operates under the authority of the Georgia’s Hope Act (O.C.G.A. §16-12-200 et seq.), which was signed into law in April 2019 and legalizes limited in-state production, manufacturing, and sale of low-THC (less than 5%) cannabis oil for medical use.  The Georgia’s Hope Act authorizes the Commission to grant licenses to six private growers and two designated universities.  Two Class 1 license recipients will be permitted to use up to 100,000 square feet for indoor cultivation and production and four Class 2 licensees may use up to 50,000 square feet of indoor space.  

Since 2015, registered patients in Georgia have been able to possess and ingest low-THC cannabis oil if they have at least one of seventeen listed ailments (listed here).  However, access to low-THC cannabis oil in Georgia has been limited as the manufacture, production and distribution of low-THC cannabis oil has been prohibited. According the one report, there are about “about 15,000 patients who have been authorized [by the State] to use medical marijuana oil since 2015 but weren’t permitted to buy it.”  The Commission’s announcement of its notice of intent to award licenses is seen as a promising step forward for registered patients’ access to low-THC cannabis oil in Georgia.

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