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As businesses, bars and restaurants across Georgia close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, one product continues to thrive: marijuana.

A dealer who works inside the Perimeter said they sold last month nearly three times as much marijuana as normal.

They've struggled to keep up with demand as customers asked for larger and larger quantities.

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A new Georgia board has begun working to create rules and a distribution network for the sale of medical marijuana oil.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission held its first meeting on Wednesday.

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The first day of July marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and when many laws take effect.

We are midway through a whirlwind 2019 that has been full of political news, ranging from the nationwide conversation on abortion and reproductive rights to electoral integrity to numerous visits from the two dozen or so candidates running for president.

July 1 is when the record-setting $27.5 billion state operating budget kicks in, complete with money for a new voting system and pay raises for teachers, school staff and state employees.

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed a bill into law that allows Georgia farmers to grow hemp. The crop is the source of products ranging from rope to soap to CBD oil.

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Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Wednesday giving patients in Georgia more access to medical marijuana.

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On the final day of the legislative session, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would grant more than 8,000 patients access to medical marijuana.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's the final days of the 2019 legislative session and some bills are moving at light speed while others are fighting howling headwinds.  Are some Republicans losing heart in supporting the heartbeat abortion bill?  Just what is a Frankenbill and how has it been weaponized to protect a state takeover of Hartsfield Jackson Airport?  How has the bill allowing production and distribution of medical marijuana coming down from what appeared to be a big high?  


The penultimate day of the 2019 legislative session brings discussion of medical marijuana cultivation, a controversial ban on most abortions and a proposed takeover of the airport. Next week marks Sine Die, the last day for a bill to pass both chambers and head to Gov. Brian Kemp for approval. Otherwise, the legislation will have to wait to pass until January 2020.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joined On Second Thought to discuss the ins and outs of the legislative session.

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State lawmakers filed a bill Thursday to give patients access to medical marijuana.

Cannabis for medical purposes is legal in Georgia, but it isn't legal to grow, buy or sell the plant here. The legislation would establish license for five large and five small growers and 10 retailers.

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Georgia lawmakers held their first joint study committee meeting on Low THC Medical Oil Access, also referred to as medical marijuana, Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol. THC is the active chemical in cannabis.

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The Georgia 2018 legislative session recently legalized the use of cannabis oil for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD affects about 31 million people in the United States. The disorder is often associated with veterans, but another group of heroes — first responders — also struggle with the disorder. According to one survey, one in 15 paramedics and EMTs has attempted suicide. 

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This week we talked about student debt, modern mass protest movements and Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting legacy. We sat down with our Breakroom guests to process it all. 

We were joined in the studio by Georgia State University professors Tanya Washington and Héctor Fernández, Soumaya Khalifa, executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and Leap Year founder and executive director Amber Scott. 

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The race for governor of Georgia has turned into a sprint now that the 2018 general assembly has concluded its business. What ammunition did the session give to candidates for Georgia’s top offices? Our panel weighs in.

  • Storm Recovery And Investigation Underway
  • Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled
  • Community Leaders Push For "Second Chance" Legislation

On this edition of Political Rewind, we're looking at the headlines coming out of the General Assembly. The House overwhelmingly approves a bipartisan resolution that asks Congress to pass a law allowing medical marijuana research.

In GPB-Atlanta news:

  • Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms selects her transition team 
  • Georgia politicians react to Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
  • Support for medical marijuana legislation grows, even among Georgia Republicans

Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion On Final Day

May 10, 2017
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal approved an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program on Tuesday, allowing people being treated for six additional medical conditions to possess cannabis oil.

The new qualifying conditions include autism, AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease. Patients must register with the state to be eligible and have a doctor's permission.

Georgia Lawmaker Deals Cannabis Oil In Shadows Of The Law

May 1, 2017
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Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law.

As advocates for medical marijuana gather in Washington, D.C., on Friday for an annual conference, supporters of marijuana legalization are worried.

That's because new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making tough comments about the drug, and there's a lot of uncertainty about how the Trump administration will enforce federal law.

Over his 20 years in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Sessions made no secret of his disdain for marijuana. In his new job as the nation's top federal law enforcement officer, his position on marijuana has not moderated.

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One of the bills likely to pass in the Georgia legislature would expand access to medical marijuana. Patients being treated for AIDS are among those who would qualify for a prescription.

Georgia Lawmakers Ready To Expand Access To Medical Cannabis

Mar 28, 2017

The Georgia General Assembly is on the cusp of expanding access to medical cannabis.

The House voted 167-4 Tuesday to pass a bill that would add six new diagnoses to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis oil, including autism, AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease. However, many of the diagnoses will be restricted to when the condition is severe or in the end-stage.