The answer is a little complicated. The simple answer is no; weed is not currently legal in Georgia. However, in recent years, there has been a push to change this and make it legal for medicinal purposes.
Currently, three bills in the state legislature would do just that. So, while the answer is no, that could change shortly.
While technically illegal, these dispensaries operate in a legal grey area and can sell cannabis products without too much trouble. Just be aware that, if caught, you could still face some penalties.
- 1 Legislation history
- 2 Purchasing cannabis in Georgia
- 3 Qualifying conditions to use cannabis in Georgia
- 4 HOW TO GET A GEORGIA MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD
- 5 POSSESSION LIMITS FOR GEORGIA MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS
- 6 WHERE TO BUY LOW-THC OIL IN GEORGIA
- 7 USING CANNABIS IN GEORGIA
- 8 ABOUT GEORGIA’S MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM
- 9 Frequently asked questions
The Georgia General Assembly passed a law in 2015 that legalized low-THC oil for certain medical conditions but left it up to each county to decide whether or not to allow dispensaries within their borders.
In 2017, a bill was passed that expanded the list of qualifying medical conditions and allowed for the in-state production of low-THC oil.
In 2018, a constitutional amendment was proposed to have legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, the amendment failed to pass.
Possessing any amount of marijuana or weed is a crime. You can get jailed for 1year & a fine of up to $1,000. Possessing more than one ounce is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Cultivation of marijuana can lead you to 10 years of jail and a fine of up to 10,000 dollars in Georgia. Cultivating more than 10 pounds is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Selling any amount of marijuana or weed is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail & a fine of up to $10,000.
Possessing paraphernalia is a misdemeanor that can get you to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Selling paraphernalia is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Purchasing cannabis in Georgia
It is still illegal. This means you will not be subject to criminal penalties if caught with one ounce or less of marijuana. You may be fined $300 for possession but will not face jail time.
The state also works on a medical marijuana program, allowing patients with certain medical conditions.
Qualifying conditions to use cannabis in Georgia
To use cannabis in Georgia, you must be a Georgia resident with a “serious medical condition.” The list of serious medical conditions that may be treated with cannabis is:
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Seizure disorders, including epilepsy
- Sickle cell anemia
- Chronic or intractable pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Alzheimer’s disease
HOW TO GET A GEORGIA MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD
You may qualify to use medical cannabis in Georgia; the first step is to see a doctor. Your doctor will need to sign a recommendation form stating that you have a serious medical condition and that they believe cannabis would help treat your condition.
Once you have your signed recommendation form, you must submit it to the Georgia Department of Public Health along with an application fee.
If you get approved, you will receive a Georgia Medical Cannabis Card, allowing you to purchase and let you consume up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC oil.
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POSSESSION LIMITS FOR GEORGIA MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS
Qualified patients can possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC oil. However, it is important to note that cannabis in any other form, including high-THC marijuana, is still illegal in Georgia.
WHERE TO BUY LOW-THC OIL IN GEORGIA
Low-THC oil can only be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries. Georgia has no open dispensaries, but several are expected to be up and running by early 2019.
USING CANNABIS IN GEORGIA
It is important to note that cannabis in any form, including low-THC oil, cannot be used in public places. Some examples of public places where cannabis use is prohibited include:
- On school grounds or at school events
- In the workplace
- While operating a vehicle or boat
- In a state park or national forest
- Cannabis can only be used on private property.
ABOUT GEORGIA’S MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM
Georgia’s medical cannabis program is still in its early stages and is expected to evolve and change over time.
For now, the program only allows for the use of low-THC oil, but that could change as more research is conducted. If you think you qualify for Georgia’s medical cannabis program, talk to your doctor and stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is weed legal in Georgia?
A: No, not yet! But we’re working on it!
Q: How will legalization affect me?
A: If you are a resident of Georgia, nothing will change immediately. However, if you are caught possessing or using marijuana, you may be subject to arrest and prosecution under state law. Once marijuana is legalized, possession and use will be allowed by state law.
Q: I’m a medical marijuana patient. Will I still be able to get my medicine?
A: Yes! The legalization of marijuana will not affect medical patients in Georgia. However, the state will still regulate medical marijuana, and patients must have a valid medical marijuana card to purchase and use cannabis products.
Q: Will there be places where I can buy marijuana?
A: Yes! Once marijuana is legalized, retail dispensaries can open up shops in Georgia. These dispensaries will sell various cannabis products, including flowers, edibles, and concentrates.
Q: How much weed can I possess?
A: The amount of weed you can possess will depend on the laws enacted once legalization occurs. However, you will likely be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use.