A new Atlanta company hopes to become the city’s first medical marijuana company even though pot — medicinal or recreational- is still illegal in Georgia.
If Georgia ever changes its law, Halcyon Organics LLC will manufacture and dispense medical marijuana products to Georgians.
“If the state of Georgia gave me a legal opportunity, I could provide manufactured non-smokable medical cannabis within a few weeks,” said Daniel Macris, CEO of Halcyon Organics, who studied chemical engineering at Georgia Tech. “We could have Georgia medically grown cannabis ready for consumption within four months.”
Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., have legalized medical marijuana, although not Georgia. However, Gov. Nathan Deal announced April 10 that Georgia’s medical college plans to launch clinical trials that could lead to the legal medicinal use of oil derived from marijuana plants by children with epilepsy. The governor has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin moving toward conducting clinical trials at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.
Halcyon is planning to buy land in Georgia to set up greenhouses to grow herbs and produce that it will sell to restaurants until such time that it is legally allowed to grow medical marijuana.
“We are going to have our facilities built with compliance to the Good Manufacturing Practice and the Good Laboratory Practice, which is what the FDA requires for pharmaceutical grade botanicals,” Macris said. “Since we know regulations are going that way (toward the legalization of medical marijuana) we want to be ahead of the curve and develop a model other businesses can follow.”