Georgia Allows Six Companies to Legally Produce and Distribute Medical Cannabis Oil – WSB-TV Channel 2

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ATLANTA – The state of Georgia on Saturday will grant six companies special licenses that will allow them to produce and distribute low-THC cannabis oil to nearly 14,000 legally registered patients across the state.

The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission has processed more than 70 applications from companies seeking the right to manufacture the medical cannabis oil.

It will limit the field to two Class 1 production license agreements to companies with a manufacturing space of 100,000 square feet and four Class 2 manufacturing license agreements to companies with a manufacturing space of 50,000 square feet.

The contracts come after years of lobbying parents and families of children and others who need the low-THC oil to control and alleviate debilitating and incurable conditions.

Jimmy Wage’s daughter, Sydney, needs the oil to control seizures. He campaigned with state Capitol lawmakers to legalize oil for seven years, and up to that point on Saturday.

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“It was a long way to go fighting in the Capitol,” said Wages from his Paulding County home. “I really see how politics works somehow. We had some great representatives and senators down there who saw our struggle and said let’s help these people. Let’s help these people to help their children. “

Although lawmakers have legalized medical cannabis oil, it was illegal to produce it in Georgia or bring it across state lines.

Parents like Wages risked jail sentences to bring the oil to Georgia. These license agreements will change that.

“I want to go to a store, put my money on hold, take my daughter’s medicine out the door, and come home,” Wages said. “We have been working on this for seven years.”

The commission will announce the contractors at a meeting in Rock Springs on Saturday.

They estimate it could take six to eight months for companies to get their operations up and running and make the low-THC oil available to patients on the registry list.