An Interesting Fact
There has never been a prohibition of Hemp “industry” in Georgia. Just Hemp cultivation. We have always had the ability to import dried hemp OR marijuana STALKS into Georgia.
OCGA 16-13-21 lists the definitions of terms used in Georgia’s Controlled Substance Laws. 16-3-21 (16) defines marijuana:
“Marijuana” means all parts of the plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of such plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin; but shall not include samples as described in subparagraph (P) of paragraph (3) of Code Section 16-13-25 and (HERE’S THE ODDITY) shall not include the completely defoliated mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil, or cake, or the completely sterilized samples of seeds of the plant which are incapable of germination.
There are companies in Georgia that have been importing hemp fiber from China for years. A part of the infrastructure needed to support hemp cultivation is already in place.