Lawmakers push for Georgia-grown hemp – The Union

ATLANTA – When proponents of Georgia-grown medical cannabis argue their case this legislative session, they will have a major hurdle to overcome with some lawmakers: Marijuana’s outlaw status on the federal level.

To the feds, medical cannabis remains a highly controlled substance, right up there with heroin, that has no recognized medical use.

But the cousin of cannabis, hemp, is now a different story. Cultivation of the plant was legalized nationwide through the new federal farm bill, which the president signed into law last month.

Hemp has a fraction of the THC – less than 0.3 percent – found in marijuana. In Georgia, card-carrying program participants can have oil with as much as 5 percent THC, but there is still no legal way for them to buy it. THC is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

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