US: Georgia medical cannabis production at a standstill

This time last year, there were hopes that medical cannabis production and distribution offices would be opening in several spots in Central Georgia and around the state, like the one on Central State Hospital grounds in Milledgeville. Since then, complaints about the selection process and legal threats to the state threw off the whole schedule.

"We're obviously disappointed that this delay is costing jobs and earnings not made this year," says Walter Reynolds, interim executive director of the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority. Reynolds says they sold a 100,000-square-foot building on their property. The licensees for a new medical cannabis processing plant planned to set up there, bringing over 100 jobs. 

Now, they're in limbo. "Say that licenses were approved tomorrow. I estimate that it would probably take no less than six to eight months to turn around the facility and make it ready for production," Reynolds explains. 

He says it's just a waiting game now. "Extensive capital has been invested and probably expended to some degree on the potential project, and I'm sure that they're just as eager as the rest of us for this to come to fruition," Reynolds says. 

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