The state of Georgia legalized low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis in 2015, through a Legislative bill, House Bill 1, but failed to provide a dispensing system for access. In 2019, Georgia passed House Bill 324, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis.
When to Apply
GEORGIA MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES
Georgia Medical Cannabis Producer/Processor – can grow medical cannabis plants; extract, process and produce low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis products (no more than 5% of THC); and sell wholesale to other licensed Georgia Medical Cannabis Businesses. There is a limit of two (2) Class 1 Producer/Processor business licenses (limited to 100,000 sqft cultivation space) and no more than four (4) Class 2 Producer/Processor licenses (limited to 50,000 sqft cultivation space) allowed within the entire state.
Georgia Medical Cannabis Dispensary – can purchase medical cannabis products from licensed producer/processor facilities and dispense low-THC medical cannabis to registered state patients. There will be a to-be-determined number of business licenses allowed for Georgia Medical Cannabis Dispensaries within the state.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN GEORGIA
To obtain a marijuana business license in Georgia, you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, you will need the following marijuana business documents:
- Business Plan
- Financial Plan to include Application Expenses, Pre-Opening Expenses, and 5 Year Pro Forma
- Inventory Control Plan
- Security Plan
- Recordkeeping Plan
- Patient/Customer Education Plan
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GEORGIA MARIJUANA TIMELINE
2015 – Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB1, which allows for a limited amount of medical marijuana use (low-THC cannabidiol) for qualifying patients in the state; however, production and dispensing of the cannabidiol is not allowed
2017 – Senate Bill 16 passed, expanding the use cases for acceptable medical marijuana usage
2019 – House Bill 324 was passed to provide patients who were already allowed to possess low THC high CBD marijuana oil a legal way to access the product. The new law will establish a state-regulated dispensing system of licensed marijuana producers
November 2020 – the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission began accepting applications for Class 1 and Class 2 Production Licenses. Applications were accepted until January 2021.
TBD – The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission will be focusing on the Dispensing Application and will be releasing more details in the next coming months
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