US (GA): Medical cannabis license winner gives $50,000 to Governor's committee

The CEO of one of only six companies in Georgia to be selected for a license to grow and sell medical cannabis gave Governor Brian Kemp’s Leadership Committee $50,000 weeks after his company was awarded a license.

Last week it was showtime in Buckhead, as the audience flowed in, and the stage was set. But the stars here don't sing or dance. "You show up and tell us about your company," said entrepreneur Paul Judge. They talked business, startup business, and the lead actor in this entrepreneurial competition called Start Up Showdown is Paul Judge. "Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not," Judge told the audience.

One month after the passage of the medical cannabis bill, Judge incorporated TheraTrue, a medical cannabis company. And, then he dramatically increased the amount of his political donations. Within three months, he contributed $25,000 each to two different Republican committees: Advance Georgia and Georgia House Republican Trust. Those donations totaled $50,000.

Why? Georgia’s Republican Governor, Lt. governor and Speaker of the House selected every single member of the Access to Medical Marijuana Commission who were tasked with the job of handpicked the winning proposals. 

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