Georgia governor signs law establishing licensing requirements for hemp cultivation

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed a legislative package on Tuesday that his office said was “aimed at supporting Georgia's ever-growing agricultural industry and improving security against foreign adversaries.”

The package, according to the governor's office, “combats the ownership of agricultural land or land near military installations by certain individuals acting as agents of a foreign adversary, reduces high input costs for our farmers and ranchers, protects children from misleading and dangerous marketing and… “increases the penalty for cattle theft.”

“As valued members of our state’s most important industry, Georgia’s farming families deserve our ongoing support as they face unprecedented challenges, including navigating disastrous federal energy policies, attempts by foreign adversaries to acquire farmland, and theft of property,” said Kemp in a statement. “We are addressing these challenges head-on and I want to thank our legislative partners for their work on these important issues.”

One of the measures, SB 494, “makes changes to Georgia’s hemp regulatory framework to give the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) greater oversight and enforcement authority and adds labeling, packaging and marketing requirements to protect children “to protect against misleading and dangerous marketing,” according to the governor’s office.

Specifically, the bill “establishes licensing requirements for the cultivation of hemp and the manufacture and sale of low-THC hemp products” and “also restricts the possession and sale of hemp products to adults 21 years of age and older,” according to Capitol Beat news service.

The outlet described hemp farming in Georgia as “a rapidly growing industry.”

“The vast majority of the jobs and the vast majority of investments created by these large private sector companies were located outside of metro Atlanta, creating opportunities for success for Georgians regardless of their zip code,” Kemp said at Tuesday’s signing ceremony , as quoted by Capitol Beat News Service.

Like many other states, Georgia took the step to legalize hemp cultivation following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp-derived products under federal law.

Recreational cannabis remains illegal in the Peach State, but lawmakers there legalized medical cannabis treatment in 2015 with the passage of the Haleigh's Hope Act, which gave eligible patients access to low-THC cannabis oil.

In 2019, the Georgia General Assembly passed another measure authorizing “the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission” to provide regulated licensing of the limited, domestic cultivation, production, manufacturing, and sale of low-THC oil and the Dispensing to registered persons to monitor patients entered in the State Oil Register with low THC content,” says the official website of the State Commission for Access to Medical Cannabis.

This bill was signed by Kemp.

The governor's office said that while the legislative package signed Tuesday “focuses primarily on issues related to agriculture, it also addresses professional burnout among health care professionals and targets those who use fentanyl-laced drugs or controlled substances.” drive out”.

SB 465, for example, “targets those involved in distributing fentanyl-laced drugs to unwitting consumers by creating the offense of aggravated involuntary manslaughter for persons who manufacture or sell a seemingly controlled substance containing fentanyl and causing the death of another person from a fentanyl overdose,” and “also provides for criminal punishment for possession of a pill press, tableting machine, encapsulating machine, or other materials used in the manufacture of controlled or counterfeit substances.”

SB 420 “prohibits the ownership or acquisition of agricultural or non-residential land within the perimeter of a military installation by a nonresident alien acting as an agent of a government designated as a foreign adversary, a corporation headquartered/majority owned in certain countries, or…” governments from countries designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as foreign adversaries,” while SB 340 “adds diesel exhaust fluid (for agricultural use only) to the Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) – reducing high input costs for our farmers and ranchers.”

HB 455 “requires that professional programs established to address occupational fatigue and well-being among health care professionals are not required to report individual case information to respective licensing authorities unless they are unable to carry out their activities.” to continue or they pose a danger to themselves.” others,” while HB 1335 “adjusts staffing needs in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and memory care centers by ensuring that no fewer than two direct care workers are on-site at any time and at least one person from the On-site staff are present on each floor. If the nursing home has a medical alert system and each resident is provided with a portable device that connects to such a system, staff can move around the property as needed.”

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