What a way to kick start 4/20.
Gov. Brian Kemp has officially signed the bill that allows medical marijuana patients to buy the cannabis oil they’re already legally allowed to use.
The new law creates a new but limited marijuana industry in Georgia, with up to 9 acres of indoor growing space for the cultivation of medical marijuana oil. The oil will then be sold to the state’s growing number of registered medical marijuana users — 9,500 so far.
Georgia has allowed patients approved by a physician to possess cannabis oil since 2015, but until now, state law prohibited buying, selling or transporting the oil. Those restrictions forced patients and their families to buy the drug through the mail, by driving to other states or from friends.
“All they simply want is to be able to help their kids get well,” Kemp said before signing the bill at the state Capitol. “We’re ensuring these families can purchase what works for their loved ones without creating a slippery slope that undermines our values.”
While medical marijuana sales are now legal, that doesn’t mean they’ll start anytime soon. It will probably take over a year before this medical marijuana oil reaches the hands of patients.