Medical Marijuana in Georgia - Most Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana in the State of Georgia?
The Georgia Department of Public Health has approved a number of qualifying conditions that will allow patients to access Medical Marijuana in Georgia. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, or even think you may be experiencing one of these conditions, it’s worth it to schedule a consultation with a doctor who will evaluate your medical history and provide guidance on how medical marijuana can benefit you.
Why do I need a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card?
A Georgia medical marijuana card shows that your name has been added to the Georgia Medical Marijuana Registry by a licensed physician in the state of Georgia. Having a card removes the stigma associated with marijuana use and allows qualifying patients and caregivers to legally possess up to 20 ounces of low THC medical cannabis oil.
When state dispensaries open, the card will be your ticket to purchasing medical marijuana. As Georgia’s medical marijuana program expands, registered members will also be among the first to benefit from future reform efforts.
How do I get a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card?
To obtain your Georgia Medical Marijuana card, you must first visit a state-licensed physician (not a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) who will evaluate your medical history and recommend medical marijuana as a form of treatment. Our staff at Georgia Marijuana Card is here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor and filing all your necessary paperwork!
Am I guaranteed to get approved for Medical Marijuana after visiting a Georgia Marijuana Doctor office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.
What conditions make a patient eligible for Medical Marijuana in the State of Georgia?
All Georgia hospice patients and their caregivers are eligible to register for a medical marijuana card. Meanwhile, patients experiencing the following conditions may qualify to receive medical marijuana in Georgia:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Sickle cell disease
How do I get a Georgia Marijuana Card?
To obtain your Georgia marijuana card, you will need to meet with a state-licensed physician who recommends medical marijuana as treatment. You then must submit paperwork to the state department of public health along with a registration fee.
Our team specializes in helping patients across the state of Georgia obtain their medical marijuana cards. With telehealth appointments available and, soon, location in major Georgia cities, our doctors are here to help you through the process.
Give us a call at 833-781-5605, or send us a message, to get started!
When will I receive my identification card?
We estimate that you’ll receive your card within 30 days of application, if your application is approved. However, delays sometimes occur. By working with the compassionate team at Georgia Marijuana Card, you’ll have extra support navigating any challenges that arise while you’re waiting for your card or a renewal.
What is the cost for a medical marijuana card in Georgia?
Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. As such, we offer a variety of payment methods, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.
If my registry identification card is lost, stolen or damaged what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?
If you need to replace your Georgia Marijuana Card, you must contact the State Department of Public Health and prove that you are still under the care of the physician who recommended that you receive medical marijuana. Once your physician has been verified, your new card will be issued within approximately 15 days. In addition to providing you with ongoing support from your recommending physician, Georgia Marijuana Card will help guide you through as aspects of replacing and renewing your Georgia marijuana card.
I received my registry identification card, but my name is misspelled (or has other incorrect information). What do I do?
Your physician will need to verify that the updated information is correct. By working directly with the expert team at Georgia Marijuana Card, you can submit and process any changes with ease.
If my registry identification card expired and I didn’t submit my renewal application before the deadline, am I still eligible to purchase Medical Marijuana?
No. When your card expires, the legal protection offered by the Georgia Medical Marijuana Act is expired. You may still submit your renewal application.
Where can Georgia patients purchase medical marijuana?
Once you have obtained a recommendation from a licensed doctor and received your Georgia medical marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the 30 licensed dispensaries or approved pharmacies located throughout the state of Georgia.
Do I have to buy my marijuana from one of the dispensaries?
Yes. To be protected under the Georgia Medical Marijuana Act, your marijuana must be labeled from one of the Georgia dispensaries.
Can I grow my own medical marijuana?
Not yet. However, there is legislation in the works to launch a full-scale medical marijuana program that will allow qualified Georgia patients to grow up to 8 plants themselves.
Where will the dispensaries be located in Georgia?
We do not know the exact location of approved dispensaries. For a detailed look at where to find your nearest dispensary, visit our dispensary location master list.
How much medical marijuana can be purchased from the dispensary?
Current Georgia medical marijuana patients can possess up to 20 ounces of low THC medical cannabis oil. Future plans are in the works that might allow patients to possess up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana flower.
Will my insurance or Medicaid pay for my marijuana?
We encourage you to contact your insurance provider or Medicaid official for an answer; however, we are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of medical marijuana at present.
How much will medical marijuana cost?
The cost of medical marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be. With approximately 30 dispensaries located throughout the state of Georgia, we hope that the competition will keep prices low and affordable.
Does Georgia have reciprocity with other states?
The state of Georgia allows reciprocity, which means medical marijuana patients with valid recommendations from other states can access medical marijuana in Georgia provided they fill out a visiting patient form and can provide proof of out-of-state registration.
What is a designated caregiver?
A designated caregiver is a person who is authorized to purchase and distribute medical marijuana to the patient on their behalf.
Do I need a caregiver card to purchase MMJ for my child?
Yes. Qualified patients under 18 years of age cannot purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. The legal guardian or parent is required to register as a caregiver to buy medical marijuana for a minor.
Can a caregiver have more than one patient?
Yes. A caregiver may serve more than one patient. A caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient and pay $25 for each registry card.
Can a caregiver also be a registered qualifying patient?
Yes. A caregiver may be a registered qualifying patient.
Can my employer still drug test me for marijuana if I am a registered patient?
It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient.
I’m ready to schedule my consultation with Georgia Marijuana Card! Is my personal information kept confidential?
The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we go through great lengths to ensure all patient information is protected and kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system. We also promise to never share any of your contact information with any third parties.
When can I apply for my Georgia marijuana card?
Georgia is currently registering patients with the expectation that dispensaries will open in 2021 or early 2022. You can start the process with us at Georgia Marijuana Card, by calling 833-781-5605, Monday through Saturday, or by scheduling online today!