About Medical Marijuana in Georgia
GA – Now that medical marijuana is legal to some extent in the Peach State (albeit in oil form only) many folks who are seeking relief from their symptoms, and some who are planning on just faking them, are wondering how to get a med marijuana in Georgia.
In this post, we’ll go over the steps to getting a medical marijuana doctor’s approval and applying for a Georgia Low-THC Oil Registry card. We’ll also briefly go over some of the rules set in place by the state’s medical marijuana laws.
Georgia has historically been on the conservative side when it comes to marijuana laws. And although the state now has a medical marijuana program, it’s definitely still considered to be on the conservative side.
Medical Marijuana Laws in Georgia
A few years back, in 2015, the Georgia General Assembly approved the use of low-THC cannabis oil for a list of qualifying medical conditions. The 2015 law, although it did not make the production and sale of the drug legal, it did provide legal protection for patients who registered for the program.
However, it wasn’t until spring 2019 that legislators signed off on Georgia’s Hope, Act HB 324, creating a legal, regulated market for medical marijuana products in the state. More than 8,000 patients had signed up for the program before the new law went into effect. That number is expected to grow quickly.
Since the original program went into effect in 2015, Georgians have literally had to break state law to get their meds and will continue to do so until licensed producers make legal products available. It could be well into 2020 before that happens.
The new law calls for licensing up to six private companies to grow medical marijuana in the state. The rules also facilitate the legal operation of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Now, there is a catch. Under the state’s regulations, legal medical marijuana products are strictly limited to low THC cannabis oils containing no more than 5 percent THC, and patients may possess no more than 20 fluid ounces of this low-THC oil. The card which is issued to approved patients is literally called a “Low THC Oil Registry Card.”
In order to make cannabis oil, someone needs to grow cannabis plants. Typically, the resinous dried flower clusters which are harvested from the plant are referred to as marijuana. Companies licensed to produce marijuana in Georgia aren’t permitted to sell it in its smokable form. In order to produce cannabis oil, the dried buds undergo a process that extracts the essential oils, leaving behind the rest of the plant. This resulting cannabis oil contains all of the medicinally valuable compounds produced in the buds such as cannabinoids and terpenes.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while before registered patients are able to purchase their medicine. Medical marijuana advocates in the state are saying it will take one to two years before the first medical cannabis oil hits dispensary shelves. One of the reasons for the delay is that the newly created Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which will oversee the program, has to appoint board members before it can start handing out licenses to produce and sell cannabis oil. The entire process could take 12 to 18 months.
Here are a few of the major Key Points that you should know about Georgia’s medical marijuana laws:
- Legal products – What the law didn’t do is legalize the production or sale of marijuana in its dried flower form. It also forbids the production of THC-infused edible products as well as the use of vaporizers.
- Possession limits – Under Georgia’s Hope Act, patients suffering from a list of qualifying medical conditions can legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC cannabis oil.
- Caregivers – Underage patients or patients who are not able to procure their own medicine may appoint a caregiver to purchased and/or administer their medicine. Caregivers are afforded the same legal protections as patients.
- State fees – There is a $25 fee for a new or replacement card.
Are you ready to get started?
For potential medical marijuana patients we make it easy to connect with a recommending doctor near you.
You can fill out the form below to get a med marijuana in Georgia. A doctor’s office will contact you to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify. Legal Residents Only.
Patient Registration Form
How to apply for a Georgia medical marijuana card
In order to qualify for a card, applicants must be examined by a medical doctor who will attest that the patient does, indeed, suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions. There are two forms — a waiver form which must be signed by both the applicant and the physician, and a physician certification form.
You can read more here about GA MMJ Cards.
Where To Buy Medical Cannabis Oil in Georgia
As we mentioned above, as of the time of writing the state has not yet appointed a board. Once members are appointed the board it will have the authority to license up to six companies to grow marijuana and extract the oil. The board will also be responsible for licensing dispensaries.
We’ll let you know when dispensaries in the state are up and running. In the meantime, if you can find a source to procure under 20 ounces of cannabis oil that meets the max 5 percent criteria, although the person selling it to you is breaking the law, your Georgia Low-THC Oil Registry Card provides you full legal protection.
Additional Resources and Links
Below are helpful links to official government web pages related to the Georgia medical marijuana program.