What does a medical cannabis program look like in a conservative U.S. state?

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Cannabis reform is undoubtedly spreading across the United States, as more states adopt medical and adult use laws. However, many states that have done so over the years have been labeled as conservative for a variety of reasons. And it isn’t just traditionally red states doing the restricting.

Until it embraced reform in recent years, New York was considered one of the most restrictive states for, among other things, its caps on qualifying conditions, licences and high pricing.


City of Atlanta Eliminates Pre-Employment Drug Testing For Certain Occupations

For some incoming city employees in Atlanta, a drug test will no longer be a prerequisite for the job.

That is thanks to an executive order issued earlier this month by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that suspended physical examinations and drug screenings “prospective employees who are not applying for employment in safety sensitive positions.” 


What Georgia's Senate Results Mean for Marijuana Stocks

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All eyes were on the Georgia special Senate run-off elections on Tuesday with the control of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance. It looks like that control will shift from the GOP to the Democrats.


Here's Why January 5th Could Be a Huge Day for Cannabis

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In November, pot stocks soared on both a Joe Biden presidential win and the legalization of recreational marijuana in four more states (Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota). There's been plenty of optimism that there could be significant changes ahead for the cannabis industry, including the decriminalization of marijuana and moving it off its current Schedule I classification with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 


Investigators believe 17-year-old may have been shot dead after fight over US$40 worth of weed

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Georgia teen suffered fatal injuries when he was shot once after running off.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia is investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old youth was fatally shot shortly after a reported dispute over US$40 worth of weed.

Deputies found the unresponsive body of Lester Denison near a wooded area on Fender Rd. in Jesup, Ga. when they responded to a report of at least one shot being fired around 10 p.m. on Dec. 15, according to WJCL.

Sheriff John Carter said that witnesses at the scene reported that a fight had taken place over cannabis, WJCL reports. According to WTOC, witnesses told investigating deputies that the money was owed for the marijuana.


Why Southern States Are Still Pushing Back On Marijuana Legalization

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The South may be quietly adjusting to the new legalization landscape. But for now, the good ol’ white guys prevail, and Christians have righteous morality straight from the Bible on their side.

As of the November elections, there are now 15 states and the District of Columbia who have legalized adult use. There are some 36 states that enacted or voted to enact medical marijuana laws.


The Chance for Marijuana Legalization Rests In Georgia

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Just when we thought election season was over, supporters of marijuana legalization are gearing up for one last major fight of the season. That is because the last hope for full cannabis legalization at the federal level fully depends on the outcome of two special elections for U.S. Senate in Georgia on January 3, 2021. 


Georgia opens application for medical marijuana producers

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Georgia has opened the application process for businesses who want to manufacture cannabis oil for medical use in the state.

The General Assembly legalized the treatment for a limited number of conditions five years ago, and the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission has now approved the process that would allow roughly 14,000 registered patients to receive it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The application, accessible via the group’s website, must be received by 2 p.m. on Dec. 28.


Georgia medical marijuana commission looking for growers, manufacturers

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The state panel in charge of Georgia’s medical marijuana program is opening the search for businesses interested in growing the leaf crop and converting it into cannabis oil.

The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission voted Monday to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will lead to the granting of two “Class 1” licenses and four “Class 2″ licenses to grow marijuana indoors and manufacture the oil derived from the plants.

The RFP is based on input from the state attorney general’s office and the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS).


Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states

A massive raid involving hundreds of investigators and 27 simultaneous search warrants in nine communities in Washington State has taken down an illegal weed-mailing ring based out of Seattle.


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