Georgia has recently given the go-ahead for the production of hemp, but some quick clarifications on the law are working their way through the approval process. Hemp protections are leaking over into marijuana possession, and the government is looking to swing the pendulum in the other direction.
The House Agriculture Committee approved House Bill 847, a measure that looks to return the police’s ability to arrest hemp holders by removing the barrier of testing for potency levels. Some legislators want to remove any buffer that marijuana gains from the new hemp laws by shifting the onus back on anyone found holding hemp.
Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act didn’t come with a large number of stipulations for individuals in possession of hemp, which has a very similar look to its illegal counterpart marijuana. While many police districts continue to confiscate plants for testing, the prohibitive logistics and costs from discerning the two have led some precincts to stop arrests for minor marijuana offenses altogether.
This could come to a close under the new changes, which include the requirement that any hemp in transit will have to come with significant documentation to prove it meets legal standards of production. Without the proper paperwork, you could face similar repercussions as those that pertain to marijuana.
The emergence of hemp in Georgia is anything but stable, and keeping up with the requirements can be incredibly difficult. Make sure you know what the laws are, and what changes are incoming, and you could find the protection you need.