Critics question why Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission is exempt from Open Records – FOX 5 Atlanta

Medical Cannabis Commission’s documents limited from the Georgia Open Records act

Controversy continues to swirl around Georgia’s new medical marijuana bid process. The FOX 5 I-Team examined how the state legislature exempted most all of the Medical Cannabis Commission’s documents from the Georgia Open Records act. That keeps details of the winning bidder’s proposals in the dark.

ATLANTA – Controversy continues to swirl around Georgia’s new medical marijuana bid process.

The FOX 5 I-Team examined how the state legislature mostly exempted all bids from the Georgia Open Records act, which means citizens, journalists, and bidders themselves can’t see details of the winning or even losing bids 

In February of 2020, during the early days of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, newly appointed Commissioners were looking for help. Michael Mayes, CEO of Quantum 9 out of Chicago, was ready.  Mayes, a medical marijuana consultant, offered to help the commission for free.  

One board member, Vice-Chair Danielle Benson,  wanted to make sure Mayes wasn’t going to be involved in Georgia’s upcoming medical marijuana bid. 

“Will you be seeking a license or you just want to serve as a subject matter expert?” Benson asked. 

“No, I will not be seeking a license,” Mayes answered. 

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Representative Gravley said he wants to see how bid protests and lawsuits play out, then he will review the Open Records exemption during the next session.

“Why? Why is this licensing process any different from

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