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First medical cannabis dispensary opens in Georgia

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There are approximately 30,000 registered medical cannabis patients in Georgia, but for years, they had no legal option to purchase and obtain the product they were prescribed.

That changed on Friday, when the first medical marijuana dispensaries in the state opened their doors for business.

The medical cannabis company Trulieve is behind every Macon and Marietta-based retailer.

said Kim Rivers, Trulieve’s CEO press release. “We look forward to providing you with high quality products and an upscale experience.”

Georgia lawmakers legalized medical cannabis treatment in 2015 with the passage of the Haleigh’s Hope Act. The bill made it legal for doctors to prescribe cannabis oil with no more than 5% THC to patients with a range of qualifying conditions. those terms, Via the state medical cannabis commissionare: “Cancer, when this diagnosis is end stage or treatment results in illness associated with wasting or persistent nausea and vomiting; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when this diagnosis is severe or in end stage; seizure disorders related to a diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma-related head injuries; Multiple sclerosis, when this diagnosis is severe or in an end stage Crohn’s disease Mitochondrial disease Parkinson’s disease, when this diagnosis is severe or in an end stage Sickle cell disease, when this diagnosis is severe or in an end stage Tourette’s syndrome, When this syndrome is diagnosed as severe; autism spectrum disorder, when (a) the patient is 18 years of age or older, or (b) the patient is under 18 years of age and diagnosed with severe autism; epidermolysis bullosa; Alzheimer’s disease, when The disease is severe or in its terminal stages; AIDS when this syndrome is severe or terminal; peripheral neuropathy, when symptoms are severe or in a terminal stage; the patient is in a hospice program, either as an inpatient or outpatient; intractable pain [and] Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from direct exposure to or witnessing trauma in a patient who is at least 18 years old.

But full implementation of the law has been met with regulatory delays, even as the number of medical cannabis patients registered in the state continues to grow. There are currently about 27,000 Georgians enrolled in the programme.

“Today is a fresh start for more than 27,000 registered patients in Georgia,” Rivers said he said in a press release on Friday. “Trulieve is equally pleased and humbled to introduce the first two medical cannabis dispensaries in the state serving the communities of Macon and Marietta on their journey of health and wellness.”

In addition to the dispensaries in Macon and Marietta, Trulieve plans to open three more in the state this year in Columbus, Newnan and Pooler.

“I am proud to open two dispensaries in both Macon and Marietta for patients to start receiving the medicines they need,” Lisa Pinkney, president of Trulieve Georgia, said in an announcement Friday. “I also want to congratulate the committee along with the entire Trulieve Georgia team for reaching this milestone after the hard work thus far and thank both teams for moving so quickly to approve the dispensary application and conduct the dispensary inspections.”

In March, Georgia legislators Pay bill It would increase the number of medical cannabis dispensary licenses available from six to 15.

According to Axiosstate medical cannabis clients “log in and show their state-issued registration card with their photo to the receptionist” at the dispensary, then “enter a showroom that looks like a cross between a jewelry store and a Gen Z-friendly wealth management company.”

“The stores carry tinctures ($40-60), capsules ($40) in indica and sativa, hybrid varieties, and topical ointments ($30).” Axios reported. Medical cannabis in Georgia is limited to 5% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives users a high.

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