LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Los Angeles law firm Margolin & Lawrence, a longtime leader in cannabis licensing and compliance, is now working in Georgia with a farmer in Candler County and others to help them efficiently navigate what can be a fraught licensing process. The south has a new boon to the economy for farmers now that hemp production has become legal in Georgia, with surrounding southern states already in on the action. The law passed in April 2019; and went into effect in Georgia this month on July 1,2019.
“We are very pleased to be bringing our 17 years of experience on marijuana and hemp politics, multistate experience in cannabis law and the intricacies of licensing to the state of Georgia,” says the firm’s partner, Allison Margolin, who is known as “LA’s Dopest Attorney.”
In a rare example of bi-partisanship, hemp has been put forward by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers as a lifeline to farmers, many of whom are struggling under declining commodity prices. Republican Governor Kemp led the state legislature this past April into passing the George Hemp Farming Act, under which farmers may obtain the licenses to grow and process hemp. Farmers can harvest three types of hemp: fiber; grain or seed; or floral material extracted for plant resin, including cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp is used in more than 25,000 products, including textiles, biofuel, ropes, cosmetics, food and beverages.
Agriculture professionals say the high-value crop can be particularly well suited to small farmers, who struggle the most, because hemp can be cultivated in tight spaces. Now that the law has gone into effect, Georgia needs to appoint members of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, review applications and approve licenses to dispensaries and production companies and create regulations.
Californians like Allison Margolin and her team from Margolin & Lawrence are available to share their expertise and are working in Atlanta, Macon and Candler county this month to help farmers succeed in this process. The firm will then move their efforts to Florida, where a hemp production law also came into effect on July 1 and will help the state address its need for a lucrative new crop.