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Cannabis Update: Change Could Be Coming to Georgia

Legislation is currently pending that would legalize and regulate the use, possession, and retail sale of marijuana in Georgia. Three (3) bills are currently pending [SB263, SR165 and HR281].

The first would regulate the sale of marijuana and its commercial market in Georgia. The other two would amend the Georgia constitution to legalize use, possession, and retail sale of marijuana to persons over the age of 21. If lawmakers approve these bills, the measures will be placed on the ballot for vote. If passed, the bills would also enable expungement of certain past marijuana convictions (likely non-violent convictions).

Another law, passed in 2019, is finally coming to fruition four (4) years after its passage. The law approved distribution of low-dose THC (5% or less) and will allow pharmacies to sell cannabis for medical use to treat certain medical conditions, including some stages of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, making Georgia the first state where medical cannabis can be purchased at pharmacies. (Three other states have laws that would allow pharmacies to sell marijuana, but they have not started doing so, whereas, in Georgia, many pharmacies have already received licenses.)

While it remains federally illegal to sell any form of cannabis, the trend of nonenforcement and whether any federal law enforcement agency will choose to enforce law remains unclear.

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Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company. <strong><a href="https://obermanlaw.com/people/stuart-j-oberman/"><span style="color: #0059b8;">Read More =></span></a></strong>