It is no news that the proposed bill to approve the cultivation of hemp in Georgia has now been passed; although not signed. This bill has been stated to help farmers in the cultivation of hemp and availability of cannabinol oils for the benefit of the society, the diversifying the state’s produce, and also in competing with the forty-one other states that already grow this hemp.
The bill, ‘Georgia State Farming Act’ was voted for by Atlanta Senate House on Tuesday, and the approval figures were much higher than the disapproving (in the ratio 163 to 3). And when some of these senators were interviewed, there were different views as to why the bill should be signed. For example, John Corbett explained that hemp is quite different from marijuana and that unlike marijuana which is harmful and capable of getting one high, industrial hemp lacks psychoactive properties capable of making one high.
He further stated that all that is needed is enlightenment and awareness on the difference between both brands and that the media houses and other well-meaning citizens should make enough publicity. Robert Dickey, another senator majorly emphasized that the idea is another tool that will help the farmers to create another stream of income, and to diversify its large agricultural expertise.
Another quite posing response was that of Clay Pirkle, a known Republican Senator who happens to also be a farmer. In this case, the lack of response from him as to why he voted the disapproval of the bill is still questioned. The only words from him were ‘I hope it proves to be an invaluable tool for farmers of this great state’.
Georgia, being an agricultural state, is believed to be capable of growing hemp in order to produce CBD oils. These oils, no matter how much is digested, is said to be incapable of making a person high, and the oils are quite suitable for medical use; could be made into healthy drugs and medication. Therefore, instead of the importation of these needed items that contain CBD oils, Georgia might as well grow hers.
It was further explained that trade and trade policies on the growth of hemp by farmers would be made possible through charges and taxation. The Department of Agriculture is to provide license and permits for the growers of the hemp, and this will be made possible through fees. A fee of $100,000 would be the initial payment for the interested farmers, and subsequent years would reduce to $25,000. This method would serve as a good trade restriction policy.
However, it is to be noted that in the previous year, there was an approval for the cultivation of hemp, and many states now grow it, but Georgia is amongst the few exceptions. It is left to the governor of Georgia- Brian Kemp to sign this bill into law, and till then, the fate of hemp growth in Georgia is still undecided.