There is much confusion regarding the legality of medical marijuana in Georgia. In fact, cases abound of marijuana users facing criminal prosecution based on a misunderstanding of state laws regarding medical marijuana. Therefore, it is imperative that all Georgia residents understand the state’s medical marijuana laws in order to avoid inadvertently breaking the law. Below is an overview of the legality of medical marijuana in Georgia. For additional information, please contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Georgia?
Medical marijuana is legal in Georgia but in a very limited capacity. Under Georgia’s medical marijuana law, certain qualified individuals may possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil.
THC is the compound in marijuana that causes its mind-altering effects.
Who is Eligible to Use Low THC Oil?
Under Georgia’s medical marijuana law, the Georgia Department of Public Health may issue a “Low THC Oil Registry Card” to certain qualified individuals. This card protects individuals from arrest and prosecution if they are found in possession of the oil by law enforcement. There are eight medical conditions that qualify one for the registry. These qualifying conditions are:
- End-stage cancer or cancer with treatment that results in wasting, recalcitrant nausea, or vomiting;
- Severe or end-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
- Seizure disorders related to certain head injuries or epilepsy;
- Severe or end-stage multiple sclerosis;
- Crohn’s disease;
- Mitochondrial disease;
- Severe or end-stage Parkinson’s disease; and
- Severe or end-stage sickle cell disease.
Marijuana Remains Illegal in Georgia
As noted above, individuals who suffer from any of the above conditions may legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil. However, all other forms of marijuana remain illegal in Georgia. An individual who is caught with an ounce or less of marijuana can be charged with a misdemeanor, and this applies even if he or she possesses a medical marijuana card. In addition, anyone who possesses more than 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil can be charged with a felony, which carries a punishment of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Therefore, it is imperative for anyone facing a marijuana possession charge in Georgia to immediately contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney for assistance.
Contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’re facing marijuana possession or other drug charges in Georgia, it’s imperative that you hire an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney to represent you in your Georgia criminal case. At Carter Pilgrim Stroud, our talented criminal defense attorneys have a long track record of successfully defending Georgia residents against criminal charges. We have a strong reputation for courtroom success and the ability to obtain dismissals and favorable plea bargains. Therefore, if you’re facing a criminal charge of any kind in Georgia, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.