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Way to go

Dahlonega, GA

#1 Apr 15, 2010
Georgia: Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules

Atlanta, GA: State lawmakers last week approved legislation establishing guidelines for the establishment of state-authorized medical marijuana distribution facilities.

As approved by the legislature, LD 1811 authorizes the creation of up to eight nonprofit medical cannabis dispensaries – one for each of the state's public health districts. Under the measure, dispensaries may legally "acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, sell, supply or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational materials" to state-authorized medical marijuana patients.

The measure does not require dispensaries to be recognized as a tax-exempt organizations under Section 26 of the United States Code.

Patients and/or their caregivers will still be allowed to cultivate their own medical cannabis under state law. However, patients will now be required to join a confidential state registry in order to be able to legally possess and grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The Georgia Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the new medical marijuana programs.

Last November, voters approved Question 5, the Georgia Marijuana Medical Act, which amends existing state law by: establishing a confidential patient registry; expanding the list of qualifying conditions for which a physician may recommend medicinal cannabis; and by allowing for the creation of state-licensed nonprofit dispensaries.

In 1999, 61 percent of state voters approved the physician-supervised use of medical marijuana. However, the law did not establish a state identification registry for qualified patients, nor did it address regulating the distribution of medical marijuana.

If signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the law will apply retroactively to December 23, 2009, the effective date of the initiated bill.

Separate legislation approved by lawmakers seeks to impose a retail sales tax on any medical marijuana that is sold by state-licensed dispensaries. Medicinal cannabis will be taxed at the same percentage as are over-the-counter medications.

Legislation authorizing the state-licensed distribution of medical cannabis has also been approved in New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.
haha

Jefferson, GA

#2 Apr 15, 2010
hahahahahaha. I see we've got a funny man here.
Bearman

Dahlonega, GA

#3 Apr 15, 2010
If this is true, it is about d*#@m time.
420hydro

Atlanta, GA

#4 Apr 28, 2010
Totally bogus !!!

The Georgia Compassionate Care Health Act will be introduced into the 2011 session. This act will allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own.
Question

Blairsville, GA

#5 Jun 9, 2010
Blairsville,GA: Proposed Medical Marijuana Sales Tax Plan Could Yield $400,000 For City

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Blairsville,GA: A member of the Union County Commission is anticipated to vote on a proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on cannabis sold at county-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

Union County's top financial officer estimates that the new tax could raise over $400,000 in funding over five years. Total tax revenue could be much higher depending on how many County patients register with the county to use cannabis medicinally.

In May, County lawmakers unanimously passed legislation calling on Union County Health Department officials to oversee the creation of up to five facilities to dispense medical cannabis to authorized patients. Under the plan, patients with qualified illnesses and a recommendation from their physician will be able to possess and purchase medical cannabis from authorized dispensaries.

Patients are not allowed to engage in the home cultivation of marijuana under the County plan.

The Union County Commissioner is scheduled to vote on the proposed sales tax measure on Tuesday, June 15.
vote

Blairsville, GA

#6 Jun 9, 2010
That's alot more than legalizing alcohol:

The vast majority of restaurants and grocery stores are in the city limits. There is only one grocery store and a few restaurants in the county, and if the city annexes close to town, those will also be in the city limits. Therefore, if the county gave licenses for sales of alcohol, it would produce negligible revenues. If you want alcohol sales, then you should be talking to the Mayor and City Council, and not the Commissioner.
Last year’s alcohol revenue for Pickens County was $44,000, with a population of 30,000 people. Gilmer County’s revenue was $71,000, with a population of 28,389. With our population being 21,000, it is unlikely we would even receive $50,000/year,
hmmm

Jefferson, GA

#7 Jun 9, 2010
It must have took you awhile to type that lie out. First off, there is no "Union County Commission", next Union county does not have a "financial officer", third, no "county lawmakers", fourth, why would the "union county commissioner need to schedule a vote when he is the only commissioner? You need to get your facts straight before you start typing lies, if you did a few more imbeciles might believe what you say.
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Blairsville,GA: A member of the Union County Commission is anticipated to vote on a proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on cannabis sold at county-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
Union County's top financial officer estimates that the new tax could raise over $400,000 in funding over five years. Total tax revenue could be much higher depending on how many County patients register with the county to use cannabis medicinally.
In May, County lawmakers unanimously passed legislation calling on Union County Health Department officials to oversee the creation of up to five facilities to dispense medical cannabis to authorized patients. Under the plan, patients with qualified illnesses and a recommendation from their physician will be able to possess and purchase medical cannabis from authorized dispensaries.
Patients are not allowed to engage in the home cultivation of marijuana under the County plan.
The Union County Commissioner is scheduled to vote on the proposed sales tax measure on Tuesday, June 15.
Bow Wow

Toccoa, GA

#8 Jun 9, 2010
vote wrote:
That's alot more than legalizing alcohol:
The vast majority of restaurants and grocery stores are in the city limits. There is only one grocery store and a few restaurants in the county, and if the city annexes close to town, those will also be in the city limits. Therefore, if the county gave licenses for sales of alcohol, it would produce negligible revenues. If you want alcohol sales, then you should be talking to the Mayor and City Council, and not the Commissioner.
Last year’s alcohol revenue for Pickens County was $44,000, with a population of 30,000 people. Gilmer County’s revenue was $71,000, with a population of 28,389. With our population being 21,000, it is unlikely we would even receive $50,000/year,
i am so sick of people touting the praises of selling alcohol for taxes as if that makes it okay???? Alcohol is a drug, an addictive and destructive drug. And, just like any other drug, people don't know their limits... I would really like to know the statistics (I am sure they exist) for the crime rate increase in little communities like ours... I'm not even going to get into the stupidity of people that drink in restaurants and then proceed to get into a vehicle and drive home.... or the ones that take it out on there families....
local

Dawsonville, GA

#9 Jun 9, 2010
Question wrote:
Blairsville,GA: Proposed Medical Marijuana Sales Tax Plan Could Yield $400,000 For City
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Blairsville,GA: A member of the Union County Commission is anticipated to vote on a proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on cannabis sold at county-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
Union County's top financial officer estimates that the new tax could raise over $400,000 in funding over five years. Total tax revenue could be much higher depending on how many County patients register with the county to use cannabis medicinally.
In May, County lawmakers unanimously passed legislation calling on Union County Health Department officials to oversee the creation of up to five facilities to dispense medical cannabis to authorized patients. Under the plan, patients with qualified illnesses and a recommendation from their physician will be able to possess and purchase medical cannabis from authorized dispensaries.
Patients are not allowed to engage in the home cultivation of marijuana under the County plan.
The Union County Commissioner is scheduled to vote on the proposed sales tax measure on Tuesday, June 15.
This article was about Washington, DC. It is not about Blairsville
norml.org/index.cfm...
local

Dawsonville, GA

#10 Jun 9, 2010
Way to go wrote:
Georgia: Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules
Atlanta, GA: State lawmakers last week approved legislation establishing guidelines for the establishment of state-authorized medical marijuana distribution facilities.
As approved by the legislature, LD 1811 authorizes the creation of up to eight nonprofit medical cannabis dispensaries – one for each of the state's public health districts. Under the measure, dispensaries may legally "acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, sell, supply or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational materials" to state-authorized medical marijuana patients.
The measure does not require dispensaries to be recognized as a tax-exempt organizations under Section 26 of the United States Code.
Patients and/or their caregivers will still be allowed to cultivate their own medical cannabis under state law. However, patients will now be required to join a confidential state registry in order to be able to legally possess and grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The Georgia Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the new medical marijuana programs.
Last November, voters approved Question 5, the Georgia Marijuana Medical Act, which amends existing state law by: establishing a confidential patient registry; expanding the list of qualifying conditions for which a physician may recommend medicinal cannabis; and by allowing for the creation of state-licensed nonprofit dispensaries.
In 1999, 61 percent of state voters approved the physician-supervised use of medical marijuana. However, the law did not establish a state identification registry for qualified patients, nor did it address regulating the distribution of medical marijuana.
If signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the law will apply retroactively to December 23, 2009, the effective date of the initiated bill.
Separate legislation approved by lawmakers seeks to impose a retail sales tax on any medical marijuana that is sold by state-licensed dispensaries. Medicinal cannabis will be taxed at the same percentage as are over-the-counter medications.
Legislation authorizing the state-licensed distribution of medical cannabis has also been approved in New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.
The article was about the state of Maine, not Georgia
www.norml.org/index.cfm...
bob

Dawsonville, GA

#11 Jun 13, 2010
I woud reather be on the road with a pot head then a drunk
Georgia idiots

Dawsonville, GA

#12 Jun 13, 2010
bob wrote:
I woud reather be on the road with a pot head then a drunk
No difference....other in the minds of the users..
Bogart

Canton, GA

#13 Jun 17, 2010
Georgia: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations Take Effect

Atlanta,GA: Democrat Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation into law last week amending the state's nearly ten-year-old medical marijuana law.

House Bill 1284 establishes state provisions regulating the distribution of medical cannabis to authorized patients. The law requires medical marijuana dispensing facilities to obtain state and local licensing approval and to be in compliance with all local zoning codes. Dispensaries must pay a state licensing fee, shall be located no closer than 1,000 feet from a school or daycare, and operators must oversee the cultivation at least 70 percent of the marijuana dispensed at the center. Licensed dispensary owners will be required to undergo criminal background checks by the state.

The measure also imposes a statewide moratorium on the establishment of new dispensaries, beginning next month. House Bill 1284 grants local municipalities the authority to prohibit the establishment of dispensaries in their community. Individual caregivers are legally permitted to provide medical cannabis for up to five patients in localities that have formally banned dispensaries.

A second measure signed by Gov. Perdue, Senate Bill 109, limits the authority of physicians so that they may only recommend cannabis therapy to patients with whom they have had a prior counseling relationship. The law also requires doctors to conduct a physical exam of any patient before they recommend marijuana, and prohibits physicians from having a financial relationship with a cannabis dispensary.

Both laws went into effect immediately upon passage.

It is anticipated that hundreds of the state's dispensaries will likely be forced to close under the new regulations.

According to a National Public Radio report, over 65,000 Georgians are now registered with the state to use marijuana legally under state law.
Justus Branch

Winder, GA

#14 Dec 8, 2011
How do you register with the State for medical Marijuana as a patient?
Fud

Jefferson, GA

#15 Dec 8, 2011
You don't have to register just stop one of our finest they'll be glad to help you.
granny

Dawsonville, GA

#16 Dec 8, 2011
I would also rather be on the road with a pot head and not a drunk or meth head. Want to bring tis country back to life , let them leagallise pot and sell likes cigs and sell for 50 bucks for a pack and the world would come out of the black
Thurber Mingus

Dahlonega, GA

#17 Dec 8, 2011
Remember...it's puff...puff...pass.
The dude

Hotchkiss, CO

#18 Dec 8, 2011
How much weed is required to be........One toke over the line?
LOL

Franklin, NC

#19 Dec 20, 2011
Spice is already sold in the county and it's synthetic medical marijuana. Only people buying it are underage teens.
Floridian

Orlando, FL

#20 Dec 20, 2011
LOL wrote:
Spice is already sold in the county and it's synthetic medical marijuana. Only people buying it are underage teens.
I thought that was only sold on Dune.

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