Georgia’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Open Within Days

The regulatory body overseeing Georgia’s medical marijuana program has issued five licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries, allowing them to open within days.

Georgia officials today issued licenses for marijuana dispensaries in Macon, Marietta, Pooler and Savannah.

“It’s an understatement to say that significant progress has been made in getting safe and secure medication to certified patients across Georgia,” said Sid Johnson, who serves as chair for the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. “They’ve waited a long time for this relief.”

Trulieve, one of the companies receiving a license, announced today that they could open stores in Marietta and Macon as soon as Friday once their facilities pass a required inspection.

Georgia has one of the more restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country. It allows qualified patients to use low-THC (up to 5%) marijuana products such as tinctures and capsules, but does not allow them to smoke marijuana.

The low-THC medical marijuana law was first passed in 2015, and it was updated in 2019 to allow dispensaries to distribute the medicine. Four years later, and dispensaries are just now preparing to open.

According to state data there is over 45,000 patients and caregivers registered with the medical marijuana program, with the number expected to grow once dispensaries begin opening.

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