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DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Leaves of a mature marijuana plant are seenin a display at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Is marijuana an agricultural product? That was the question at the first meeting for Georgia's Medical Cannabis Commission Oversight Committee.

For the last two years, it's been legal for some to have up to 20 ounces of low THC oil.

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It's meant to be used for medical problems like cancer or sickle-cell.

Georgia's Medical Cannabis Commission Oversight Committee was created to take on monitoring and legislative duties associated with companies looking to grow the medicinal plant and convert it into cannabis oil. 

While the committee was made two years ago, this Monday was the first time they met due to delays the commission faced with the newfound program. 

Now, some lawmakers want the department of agriculture to play a role in the marijuana program.

According to GPB, though agriculture commissioner Gary Black has been a strong supporter of hemp farming, he's less enthusiastic about a joint venture with the cannabis oil business.

An example of a state already working with its agriculture department in the medicinal marijuana business is the state of Utah. 

The commission shared at the meeting that they look forward to expanding on this idea as more meetings gear up. 


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