ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have made appointments to the state medical marijuana commission, a key step toward implementing a law designed to increase patient access.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston announced seven appointments Tuesday. They include several doctors, a professor, a police chief and a small business owner.
The commission was authorized by legislation passed in April that allows for in-state production and sale of low-THC marijuana oil. It seeks to end a contradiction in Georgia’s original 2015 medical marijuana law that allowed some patients to possess the drug but made it impossible to legally obtain it.
State law allows people with specific conditions like cancer and Parkinson’s disease to possess oil with less than 5% THC, the chemical that gets users high.