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CANNABIS DISPENSARY REGULATIONS FOR GEORGIA

The Medical Cannabis Commission submitted its final report and recommendations for creating a state-regulated dispensing system aimed at improving patient access to low THC medical cannabis oil for those who qualify. The report included several recommendations, such as allowing for 10 grow licenses, 10 manufacturing licenses, and an “adequate number” of dispensing licenses.

The fees for obtaining and maintaining a Class 1 Production License in Georgia include an application fee of $25,000, a license fee of $200,000, and an annual renewal fee of $100,000. The fees for a Class 2 Production License are an application fee of $5,000, a license fee of $100,000, and an annual renewal fee of $50,000.

As of April 2023, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (GMCC) issued the state’s first five licenses to dispense low-THC medical cannabis in the state. The commission awarded the licenses to Botanical Sciences LLC and Trulieve GA Inc for dispensaries in Bibb, Chatham, and Cobb counties. The Commission has not yet issued regulations for the issuance of dispensing licenses.

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CANNABIS LEGALIZATION HISTORY IN GEORGIA

Georgia has a limited history with cannabis legalization. In 2015, the state passed a law allowing for the use of low-THC cannabis oil for medical purposes, but the law remained restrictive and limited access to only a small number of conditions.

Since then, there have been efforts to expand access to medical cannabis in the state. In 2019, a bill was signed into law allowing for the production and sale of medical cannabis oil in the state, although access remains limited and the law has faced legal challenges.

Additionally, in November 2020, voters in several Georgia counties passed non-binding referendums calling for the legalization of recreational cannabis, although these referendums have no legal effect.

In 2021, Georgia passed a law that legalized the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use. However, the law did not legalize the cultivation, production, or sale of cannabis, and it also maintained criminal penalties for possession of more than one ounce.

Despite the recent legalization of cannabis possession, Georgia still has some of the harshest cannabis laws in the country, and the state has been slow to adopt comprehensive medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis laws.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.