Commissioners
and Staff

COMMISSIONERS

Dr. Christopher Edwards

Commission chair

Dr. Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards, M.D., is the Principal Surgeon at Atlanta Neurological & Spine Institute.

Danielle Benson

Vice Chair
Danielle Benson

Danielle Benson is a small business owner of Massage Envy Athens and Vice President of Candid Construction Services, LLC.

Dr. William Bornstein

Dr. William Bornstein

William Bornstein M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer at Emory Healthcare.

Dr. Jason Hockenberry

Dr. Jason Hockenberry

Jason Hockenberry, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Judith Rochon

Dr. Judith Rochon

Judith Rochon, M.D., is a Psychiatry Specialist for Kaiser Permanente Behaviorial Health Department.

Dr. Bill Prather

Bill Prather

William “Bill” Prather, RPh., is a licensed Pharmacist, President of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, and has served on the Georgia Board of Pharmacy for 18 years.

Chief Bob Starrett

Chief Bob Starrett

Bob Starrett is the Chief of Police for the City of Austell Police Department.

STAFF

Executive Director Andrew Turnage

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andrew L. Turnage, M.Ed

Andrew Turnage was appointed Executive Director of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission in May, 2020. Turnage previously served as Executive Director for the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers, and the Georgia Board of Nursing, as well as State Director for the Georgia Secretary of State. Turnage is also a former Deputy Sheriff in Hall County and a graduate of The University of Georgia.