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  • Bailey Porras

Is Marijuana Legal in Georgia?

Society’s opinion of marijuana and those who use it has changed dramatically over the last few decades. People are finally starting to listen to the research on marijuana for medicinal purposes and come to terms with the fact that it has many benefits.

Medical marijuana is currently legal in 37 states and recreational marijuana is legal in 21 states. Georgia does have a medical marijuana program, but it is very strict and limited when it comes to qualifying conditions and types of marijuana offered.

Georgia’s current laws allow certain people to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil. Qualified persons may obtain a Low THC Oil Registry Card which protects them from legal ramifications.

Georgia’s laws do not allow for medical marijuana flower or edibles to be sold or possessed in the state, and the program also does not allow marijuana vaporizing devices. Physicians cannot prescribe marijuana for medical use in Georgia either.

The laws in Georgia are intended to protect qualified people with certain medical conditions from legal ramifications.

Who Qualifies for a Low THC Oil Registry Card

According to the state, there are three categories of persons who may be eligible for a Low THC Oil Registry Card:

  • an adult who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law

  • legal guardians of an adult who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law

  • parents or legal guardians of a minor child who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law

Here is the current list of conditions which qualify a person for the 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 the diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injuries

  • Multiple sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end-stage

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Mitochondrial disease

  • Parkinson’s disease, when such diagnosis is severe 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

  • Epidermolysis bullosa

  • 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

  • Intractable pain

  • 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

How Can I Apply for the Low THC Registry Card?

A waiver and physician certification form are filled out by the patient and their physician and then sent into the Georgia Department of Public Health. The department will review this information and approve your card.

You will then be notified when your card is printed. A representative from the DPH will reach out and make arrangements for you to pick up your physical card. The non-refundable state fee is $25. You will pay this balance when you pick up your card.

The card will then be valid for two years from the issue date. Make sure to check your card’s expiration date which can be found directly on the card. You will need to consult with your physician to renew it every two years.

Reserve Your Appointment

Don’t worry, medical marijuana is coming to Georgia soon! It is inevitable that each state will adopt its own medical program due to the pressure voters put on politicians.

55% of Georgia residents think recreational marijuana should be legalized, and even more want it to be legalized for medical use!

You can reserve an evaluation online today with one of our compassionate cannabis doctors, and we’ll make an appointment for you just as soon as we’re cleared to.

You and your new doctor will discuss your conditions and whether you qualify for a Georgia Marijuana Card. And if you make your reservation online today, you’ll even save $25 off the cost of your evaluation!

Or feel free to call us at (866) 781-5606, and we can help answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Georgia.

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