During a hearing today for House Bill 722 lawmakers agreed to dispense with the portion of the bill which would have established a legitimate cannabis industry in Georgia and allowed the in-state cultivation of medical marijuana. During the 3-hour hearing Rep. Allen Peake, the bills’ author, was unable to convince his coworkers of the importance of being able to grow and produce the medicine safely here in Georgia.
Lawmakers also discussed the possibility of providing legal protection for out-of-state medical marijuana oil producers who ship their products to qualified Georgia patients, as well as whether or not the 5% THC cap should be raised in order to cover the “legal loophole” that exists between the 5% THC allowed under HB1 and the 15% minimum required in order to arrest someone for violating Georgia’s hash oil law. In other words, it is conceivable that by working so hard to regulate a plant that grows in the ground lawmakers have inadvertently managed to make cannabis oil that contains over 5% THC but under 15% THC legal for anyone to possess. Such is the consequence of trying to split one hair so many times.
When will we ever learn?