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TheraTrue representatives suggested the Louisville plant would employ 60 people in direct local positions at the facility, growing and cultivating the plants indoors and processing medical cannabis oil from them. This is only part of the expected 358 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the region that would likely support TheraTrue operations. In all, the plant is expected to lead to $14 million in wages and economic impact annually and just over $1 million in annual sales and property taxes.

TheraTrue Georgia LLC, a company with eyes to convert a former Louisville, Georgia, textile plant into a medical marijuana growing and processing facility, is one of six such companies the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission approved for licensure during a long-awaited meeting Saturday, July 24.

“Our team is focused on using science and innovation to implement a world-class medical cannabis company,” TheraTrue founder Dr. Paul Judge said at that time. “We are committed to prioritizing safety and security as we work diligently to obtain a license that will allow us to provide Georgians suffering from chronic medical conditions with a much-needed treatment option.”

TheraTrue Georgia LLC is one of four companies that will be licensed to operate facilities with 50,000 square feet of growing room. The others are FFD GA Holdings, Natures GA LLC and Trevana Remedy Inc.

The unanimous decision by the board has long been anticipated by the 15,000 or so Georgians who have been authorized since 2015 to use medical marijuana oil to treat conditions including seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and terminal cancers, but have not had a legal way to obtain these medications.

TheraTrue received letters of support from the Jefferson County Commission, Development Authority and the City of Louisville.

In April of 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 324 that created a limited marijuana industry allowing companies to grow, manufacture and sell medical-grade cannabis oil as products to pharmacies that will be licensed by the State Pharmacy Board to distribute these products to the state’s growing number of registered medical marijuana users. Since 2015 the state has allowed people suffering from certain illnesses and chronic pain to possess cannabis oil, but until now it prohibited buying, selling or transporting these products. The state still prohibits smoking or vaping marijuana products.

In the fall of 2019, TheraTrue representatives met with community representatives throughout Jefferson County to explain their intentions and seek support. They announced then that they had an option on the 75,000-square-foot former Cadet Manufacturing building located near Louisville’s airport.

The facilities these companies create will grow the plants indoors, extract cannabis oil and manufacture prescription-grade products in the forms of pills, creams, trans-dermal patches and oils that are not permitted to contain more than 5 percent THC, the chemical that produces the euphoric high sought by recreational users of marijuana.

In Georgia, it is against the law to possess, distribute, or grow marijuana. The charges for these crimes are serious and the penalties include jail time, probation, prison, and expensive fines. In addition to these consequences, your driver’s license will be suspended even if you are not driving a vehicle at the time of your arrest. This is why you’ll especially want to have a qualified Georgia defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

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Georgia in particular has some tough penalties when it comes to drug trafficking—at least five years in prison and a $100,000 minimum fine for having between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana. In addition to the amount of marijuana you were found with, the prosecution will also slap you with enhanced penalties if you were found growing marijuana near a school or other drug-free zones.

The process of developing the RFP has been “tedious,” Dr. Christopher Edwards, principal surgeon at the Atlanta Neurological & Spine Institute and the commission’s chairman, said Monday.

Although the law took effect in July 2019, the seven members of the commission given the task of overseeing the program weren’t appointed until last November.

Patients eligible to receive cannabis oil with a doctor’s prescription include those suffering from a wide range of diseases, including seizure disorders and Parkinson’s.

ATLANTA — The state panel in charge of Georgia’s medical marijuana program is opening the search for businesses interested in growing the leaf crop and converting it into cannabis oil.

“We just want to keep the patients in the forefront,” Edwards said. “The longer this process goes on, the longer it takes patients to get help.”