Georgia has overcome a major hurdle in the medical cannabis industry. The state recently awarded cultivation licenses to six growers, all of whom are expected to launch their businesses in the next few months. However, rejected applicants, medical marijuana advocates and patients are voicing their concerns over the controversial decision-making process.  It was during a public hearing on Saturday, July 24, 2021, that the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (GMCC) awarded two Class 1 licenses and four Class 2 licenses to produce low-THC medical cannabis oil. In total, 69 applicants competed to win a license. The commission was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston. Florida-based Trulieve GA Inc. and Botanical Sciences LLC are the two Class 1 winners. Class 1 permits allow growers to cultivate the plant over 100,000 square feet of space. Georgia-based Botanical Sciences recently hit news headlines when it was revealed that former anti-cannabis congressman Tom Price had joined the company’s board.  The four Class 2 winners, all of which also operate from Georgia, are FFD GA Holdings, TheraTrue Georgia, Natures GA, and Treevana Remedy. Class 2 licenses allow growers to cultivate the plant over 50,000 square feet of space.

Posted By, Cannabis Central, 08/25/2021 08:00:00

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