How To Get A Georgia Marijuana Card
Georgia passed a CBD-specific marijuana law back in 2015, however until now state law has prohbitied buying, selling or transporting the oil.
In April of 2019, Gov Brian Kemp signed into law a bill to allow cultivation and retail of medical marijuana in Georgia. This legislation created a seven-member board, called the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which is responsible for overseeing Georgia's medical marijuana program. Currently, the program allows for 20 ounces of cannabis oils with up to 5% THC. There are not currently any dispensaries operational in Georgia just yet, however it is anticipated that they will be opening toward late-2019/early-2020.
How to Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card in Georgia
In order to qualify for a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card so you can legally possess THC oil, you must fulfill the following qualifications: Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition; Have the official written certification from a Georgia licensed physician; and be a Georgia resident with proof of residency, (GA Driver’s License or GA State ID card).
What Conditions Are Approved For Treatment with Medical Marijuana?
The law lists the following conditions and diseases which qualify for the Low THC Oil Registry:
Cancer, when such diagnosis is end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness or recalcitrant nausea and vomiting
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injuries
Multiple sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
Parkinson’s disease, when such diagnosis is sever or end stage
Sickle cell disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
Tourette’s syndrome, when such syndrome is diagnosed as severe
Autism spectrum disorder, when (a) patient is 18 years of age or more, or (b) patient is less than 18 years of age and diagnosed with severe autism
Alzheimer’s disease, when such disease is severe or end stage
AIDS when such syndrome is severe or end stage
Peripheral neuropathy, when symptoms are severe or end stage
Patient is in hospice program, either as inpatient or outpatient
Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from direct exposure to or witnessing of a trauma for a patient who is at least 18 years of age
3 Easy Steps
Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout Georgia!
Visit our office for your in-person evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your official Georgia medical marijuana card.
How to Get Approved for a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card
If you have previously been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, or believe you currently suffer from one, you are most-likely eligible for a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card. The next step in the process is to find a compassionate Doctor to review your condition(s) and if appropriate, recommend marijuana as part of your treatment plan.
Although Georgia does not require physicians to register with the state or obtain certification to recommend Medical Marijuana, all of our Doctors have taken the time and made the effort to expand their current knowledge base to include the most recent research and studies through Continuing Medical Education coursework.
Once you've identified the Doctor you wish to see, you will need to schedule an in-person physical evaluation. At the appointment, you and your Medical Marijuana Doctor will likely discuss your condition, as well as your medical history. Please note, that it is always helpful for the doctor to have access to your medical records, if available.
If your Georgia Medical Marijuana Doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition, and believes medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option, you will receive a signed certification from the Georgia Marijuana Doctor recommending medical marijuana and or medical marijuana products as part of your treatment plan. This signed recommendation will then be submitted to the Georgia Department of Public Health along with a $25 annual registration fee.
Once the State has processed both the recommendation and fee, you will be added to the patient registry and receive your Georgia Medical Marijuana Identification card. At Georgia Marijuana Card, we take care of submitting your application to the Georgia Department of Public Health to make the process as easy as possible for you and will stick with you every step of the way until you have received your Georgia Medical Marijuana Card and beyond.
If you need guidance on where to find a dispensary or have questions about getting a replacement card or anything else, we are here for you!
At the appointment, you and your certified Marijuana Doctor will discuss your medical condition(s) and treatment history. It is helpful for your Georgia Marijuana Doctor if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a recommendation from the doctor during your appointment.
The doctor's signed recommendation, with the aid of our Physician support staff, will then be submitted to the Georgia Department of Public Health. You will be responsible for the state’s $25 registration fee. Once you have paid your fee and the state has received your Marijuana Doctor’s certification, you will be entered into the patient registry. After your submission, you will pick up your Georgia Medical Marijuana card at one of the 20 Public Health offices across the state.
What Information and Forms are Required When a Patient Applies for a Medical Marijuana ID card?
The following are required when submitting your application:
• The application form
• The completed Physician Written Certification
• Photocopy of your Georgia issued driver's license or state ID, please be aware that your name and address on your application form must match what is listed on your Georgia driver's license or ID
• The nonrefundable $25 application fee.
How To Find A Medical Marijuana Doctor In Georgia
With Georgia's Medical Marijuana Program launching within the next few months, people across the State of Georgia are actively exploring how they can become a patient and access the dispensaries to obtain their Medical Marijuana. In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in Georgia, patients must first find a physician licensed by the State of Georgia, schedule an in-person evaluation, and be identified as having one or more of the qualifying conditions to receive a recommendation.
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting Your Office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the Georgia Marijuana 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.
Why Get A Georgia Medical Marijuana Card?
If you currently suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions, we strongly suggest that you initiate your treatment regimen under the supervision of a physician who has the training, compassion and belief in the medicinal qualities inherent in cannabis. At Georgia Marijuana Card, all of our Doctors are not only licensed under the State of Georgia but also have taken additional continuing medical education cannabis courses to ensure that they have critical and recent information related to the therapeutic benefits of Medical Marijuana.
We also believe that any Medical Marijuana products should be purchased from a Georgia licensed dispensary. The Georgia Department of Public Health supports the use of medical marijuana (in its various forms) as a low risk and successful method of treatment for any one or more of the qualifying conditions. With your Georgia Medical Marijuana card in hand, you'll be able to access all Georgia dispensaries and purchase Medical Marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of Medical Marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, creams, dry flower and plant material for vaporizers, as well as edibles.
Patient Product Confidence
Each licensed Georgia Dispensary will have a wide variety of Marijuana Flower (also known as ‘bud’) providing each Patient with the opportunity to obtain the perfect match of THC and CBD strength as well as blend of Indica and Sativa. Based on guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, beginning in 2020 and thereafter, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries will open across the State of Georgia. These dispensaries will carry all types of medical marijuana products, including edibles, oils, patches, and vapes. However, a patient is required to have a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card issued by the DPH to gain access to any of Georgia’s world class dispensaries.
Your Georgia Marijuana Card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with Georgia's Medical Marijuana Control, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume Medical Marijuana products.
Access To Other States
A Georgia Marijuana Card gets you access to all dispensaries located within the state. That's a given, but you might end up getting more value than you originally anticipated. Many states with medical marijuana laws already on the books offer reciprocity with their program. What this means is that your marijuana card from Georgia will allow you to purchase marijuana in states that have similar requirements.
I Have A Qualifying Medical Condition, Now How Do I Get Approved?
If you are currently living with one of the conditions listed above, then you are eligible for treatment with Medical Marijuana in Georgia. However, before you can walk into dispensaries and purchase Medical Marijuana, you will need an Georgia Medical Marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is through our services here at Georgia Marijuana Card.
What Is A Georgia Medical Marijuana Card?
A Georgia Medical Marijuana card (sometimes referred to as an "affirmative defense" card) is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the Department of Public Health once you've been registered as a Medical Marijuana patient in the state of Georgia. With your card in hand, you'll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State's Medical Marijuana laws. The card itself will look similar to any other identification card you might have. It will have your picture on it, your address, and a unique patient identification number.
Georgia Marijuana Card understands that the Medical Marijuana laws in Georgia can be confusing, and that your primary care physician may not be prepared to discuss Medical Marijuana as a treatment option if you have a qualifying condition. That is why Georgia Medical Marijuana Card removes the guesswork and stress from this process. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the Department of Public Health after your appointment. Also, we have the most affordable pricing anywhere in the state of Georgia!
Please give us a call today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.