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Medical marijuana producers urge haste on new rules

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Medical marijuana companies on Wednesday urged Georgia regulators to quickly approve rules for production and distribution of the drug to registered patients while skeptics of the drug asked for stronger protections against illegal use.

The comments to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission came during a meeting at Lanier Technical College in Gainesville to hear from the public before regulations are approved, which could happen as soon as next week. That approval is a key step before dispensaries can open for the first time in Georgia.

While state law has allowed registered patients to use low THC oil since 2015, they still don’t have any legal way to buy it. If the commission approves regulations, two companies awarded licenses to produce low THC oil could begin selling it to patients as soon as this spring.

The proposed rules are available for public review on the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission’s website at gmcc.ga.gov.

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