US (GA): MMJ licenses moving forward after two-year court battle

After a more than two-year legal battle, the final medical cannabis licenses in Georgia are being issued by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (GMCC). Though some lawsuits from unsuccessful applicants are ongoing, GMCC Chair Sid Johnson said a recent Georgia Court of Appeals ruling against some of those applicants has enabled the commission to move forward with issuing provisional Class II medical cannabis licenses.

Implementing a new industry is not easy, but it’s worth it when the work improves the quality of life for thousands of patients in Georgia and for their loved ones who have been there since the beginning,” Johnson said. The commission’s enabling legislation— the Hope Act, approved by state lawmakers in 2019 — only allowed two Class I licenses and four Class II licenses to be issued. Approximately 70 applications were received.

In July 2021, the GMCC awarded Trulieve GA and Botanical Sciences LLC Class I licenses, allowing the growing, cultivating, and manufacturing of THC oil in an indoor space of no more than 100,000 square feet.

However, due to pending lawsuits from Class II applicants, the commission had not issued the four Class II production licenses to the chosen candidates: FFD GA Holdings LLC, TheraTrue Georgia LLC, Natures GA LLC, and Treevana Remedy Inc. Class II licenses allow up to 50,000 square feet of indoor space for growing, cultivating and manufacturing low-level THC oil.


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