A Guide for Local Government on Medical Cannabis in Georgia

A Guide for Local Government on Medical Cannabis in Georgia

February 8, 2024

January 2024

The majority of states have enacted measures to allow and regulate the use of medical cannabis. Since 2015, the Georgia General Assembly passed a number of legislative bills that collectively establish the state’s statutory framework for the regulated production, sale, and use of medical cannabis. In passing these laws (collectively, the “Hope Act”), the General Assembly found that:

[T]housands of Georgians have serious medical conditions that can be improved by the medically approved use of cannabis and that the law should not stand between them and treatment necessary for life and health.

The purpose of this guide is to educate and familiarize local governments about the Hope Act and foster a better understanding of the important role they serve in potentially providing local access to medical cannabis in their communities through dispensaries and pharmacies licensed and regulated by the state.


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