But his position shifted during the runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, when he said he'd back "research-based expansion" with help from experts. Kemp said in the interview that's still how he'll vet the legislation if it moves through the Senate.
“I need to learn more about the bill, see what the Senate has to say,” said Kemp. “And I’m trying to understand that we are probably putting people in violation of federal law.”
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan went a step further than Kemp, offering his qualified support to the idea in a statement Tuesday.
Like Kemp, Duncan said he is “vehemently opposed to anything that puts us on a path towards recreation marijuana.” But the lieutenant governor said he was willing to accept an expansion with tight controls.
“I never want to put the individuals and families that we are helping in the difficult position of being at odds with federal law. We have to get this right,” Duncan said.
“In-state cultivation needs to be narrow in scope with controls in place that limit access to patients with approved medical needs.”