Fueling the Farm Recovery

As a state, we can use the Department of Agriculture to jumpstart the path to economic recovery.

Introduction


The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on the agriculture here in Georgia and our state's farmers are still struggling, even as they try to cope with the evolving landscape presented by the pandemic. They are facing interruptions in processing and the supply chain, a labor shortage of historic proportion, closures of thousands of businesses that source our homegrown Georgia products, the trickle-down impact from an out-of-work labor force, and a broader economy that’s still in distress—the road to recovery isn’t going to be easy.

 

The good news is we aren’t without options. As a state, we can do something to help jumpstart the path to recovery for our state’s farmers: 

 

Full Legalization of Cannabis is good for Georgia’s farmers, Georgia’s economy, and the environment too. 

 

  • The creation of a legal cannabis industry in Georgia will create thousands of jobs throughout the state across multiple job sectors.

     

  • While some estimates predict potential sales tax revenues from commercial cannabis sales in Georgia could generate upwards of $500 million dollars in revenues for the cash-strapped state, even conservative estimates assume sales tax on cannabis sales in Georgia will produce “nearly $200 million dollars in revenue for the state.”

     

  • Using Colorado as the market indicator, Georgia Farmers could make $1.1 million dollars per acre of cannabis.
     

  • 1 acre of cannabis plants can remove 4 tons of carbon from the air each year and is 10 TIMES more profitable for farmers than planting soy, corn, or wheat.



Plan Details

 

Nakita Hemingway has a robust Farm Recovery plan. She understands that unprecedented hardships like those caused by the Pandemic require government agencies like the Department of Agriculture to respond with urgency, creativity, and impact. We can work with our farmers so their farms thrive.

Under the Farm Recovery Plan, we will:

 

  • Immediately halt and redirect state-enforced crop destruction by the Georgia Department of Agriculture regarding cannabis and hemp farm acreage. 

     

  • Enforce taxation of cannabis, hemp, and cannabis products using the alcohol and tobacco models already in place in Georgia, and leveraging the knowledge bank from states that have already legalized cannabis. 

     

  • Create a state regulatory and education authority on cannabis and hemp under the Department of Agriculture.

     

  • Legally define industrial hemp as a hemp variety with less than 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  to further encourage the Georgia Grown hemp industry to expand and keep related revenues in-state.

     

  • Implement a seed-to-consumer tracking system.

     

  • Commercialize production and processing to facilitate and maximize the economic potential of legalization of Georgia grown cannabis and hemp.

     

  • Continue medical marijuana when and If deemed medically necessary by a licensed in-state physician.

     

  • Support and encourage the creation of a bipartisan judicial review committee to review retroactive sentencing and provide record restriction guidelines under the Georgia Department of Justice.

     

  • Create a Rural Georgia Economic Accelerator program under the Department of Agriculture to help first-time Hemp and Cannabis farmers in qualifying Georgia counties maximize crop returns and economic opportunities.