After years of anticipation, medical cannabis dispensaries are set to open their doors in Georgia finally. Nearly eight years after state lawmakers approved a program for the sale and use of medicinal marijuana, retailers could be welcoming customers by late May.
With Georgia being among the 40 states and DC to have a medical marijuana program, more than 45 thousand people are already registered with the state in advantage of this new policy. This includes over 26K MMJ patients and 19K caregivers ready to take part in providing relief for those who need it most.
Georgia is taking a unique approach to medical marijuana with its legal qualification of up to 20 fluid ounces of "low THC oil," containing no more than 5 milligrams of the psychoactive compound. However, flower, edibles, and vape cartridges are strictly prohibited in accordance with state legislation.
Georgia's medical cannabis program offers qualifying patients with conditions such as AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and seizure disorders the opportunity to access this newfound source of healthcare. For those facing these chronic illnesses, it can be a life-changing development in their treatment journey.
Last September with two Class 1 production licenses being issued to Botanical Sciences and Trulieve Georgia, patients in need have been left without access due to slow implementation laws. Fortunately for them, MMJ program rules approved this January will soon make way for up to six different companies that can manufacture and sell low-THC oil across the state.
Georgia's medical cannabis program is an important step toward providing relief to those suffering from chronic illnesses. With the recent approval of up to six different companies that can manufacture and sell low-THC oil, MMJ patients in need will finally have access to this newfound source of healthcare. This policy change marks a significant moment for many Georgians who are looking forward to improved treatment options and greater quality of life with the help of medicinal marijuana use. Let's Check back at the end of May and hopefully by then Georgia residents will be able to purchase from dispensaries in the state.