Georgia Governor Signs SB 195 To Expand Medical Cannabis Program

After a long legacy of having a medical cannabis program that barely took care of patients, the governor of Georgia has finally signed SB 195—a law that will expand the medical cannabis program to license retailers of low-THC cannabis 


Minority Entrepreneurs Face Uphill Battle To Enter Legal Marijuana Market

Mario B. Williams has never been one to shy away from a fight. As head of NDH Law, the Atlanta-based attorney has worked on behalf of jail inmates, immigrants, the mentally disabled and minorities who have won settlements against police agencies,. 


Medical marijuana for Georgians with serious health issues nears reality

Medical marijuana is nearing reality for thousands of Georgians suffering from serious health conditions as state officials sift through applications for growing licenses and lawmakers recently paved the way for pharmacies to become dispensaries.

A program years in the making to regulate the cultivation, extraction and distribution of low-grade marijuana oil is set to award licenses to six groups from among 70 applicants later this spring or early summer.

Patients in Georgia will only have access under state law to oil extracts containing small amounts of marijuana’s active ingredient called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.


30 medical marijuana oil dispensaries could open in Georgia

Thirty medical marijuana oil dispensaries could open across Georgia once companies start producing the drug, under a bill that passed the General Assembly.


The legislation would set a limit on the number of dispensaries for the first time as companies prepare to begin producing medical marijuana oil in Georgia. Senate Bill 195 is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature or veto.


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.


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