Earlier this year, it appeared that Georgia had fully embraced medical marijuana with the signing of a new law that allowed the cultivation and distribution of it in the state. But six months later, the fledgling program has stalled, leaving patients there unable to procure the treatment.
A report this week from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution detailed the reason for the delay: the state’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and other top officials have yet to appoint any members to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.
The seven-member commission was a central component of House Bill 324, which Kemp signed into law back in April. The bill gave the OK for companies to grow and sell medical cannabis oil in the state, while also giving the commission extensive oversight over which businesses can sell it and other requirements.
In other words, without the commission, the law is essentially dormant.
Medical Marijuana in Georgia
HB 324 marked a significant expansion on a 2015 Georgia law that permitted the use of low-level THC oils for patients with certain qualifying conditions. Under that law, patients had no way of purchasing the cannabis, and often resorted to going out of state to access it. The