A bill that could change the current application process on medical marijuana licensing in Georgia, as well as impacting several lawsuits against the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission and winning bidders, is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly. But it seems to have slowed down a little after passing the House by a 170-2 vote. HB 196 by Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, is now awaiting a hearing in the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. The committee has two meetings on the calendar this week, but no agenda has been published.

According to a report from Law.com, much of the litigation is a result of fallout from the state’s 2020 Hope Act — a reform bill that created an exception for certain quantities of medicinal low-THC oil and provisions for dispensing of low-THC oil by pharmacies and licensing to produce, grow, manufacture and dispense low-THC oil in Georgia. However, according to the reports, issues developed in the administration of the licensing process. Georgia’s Hope Act only made six low-THC oil production licenses available to the entire state. 

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