No, marijuana both recreational and medical are illegal in Georgia. However, the state in a sense is preparing for its legalization. While full-strength medical marijuana is still not legal, eligible patients are allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil. In April of 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 1 which is Georgia’s version of a medical marijuana program. The program is rather small and only allows for the purchase of cannabis oil containing 5% or less THC. In May of 2018 Governor Deal slightly expanded this cannabis oil program by allowing people with PTSD and chronic pain to partake.
It is clear that Georgia voters are very much keen to legalize marijuana on a medical and recreational scale but there has not been a bill drafted to address recreational marijuana. Although low-THC cannabis oil is legal across Georgia, a system to allow patients to actually purchase this medicine has not yet been created. In April of 2019 however, Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a bill that would allow licensed cultivators to grow marijuana to produce cannabis oil for retail. While this is a massive step on the journey of legalizing marijuana in Georgia, this program is unlikely to get off the ground until 2021.
The Georgia state government legalized cannabis oil for medicinal purposes in 2015 but they did not offer patients a way to actually obtain this product. After nearly 5 years there is still no way in which people of Georgia can purchase cannabis oil, but 2019 was a big step as it allowed for cultivators to grow marijuana. We are hopeful that cannabis oil will be produced soon, and will keep this page updated!
Marijuana delivery is prohibited in Georgia as there has been no legal system implemented quite yet. With no mention in current legislation and drafts, it is unclear if or how Georgia will implement a marijuana delivery service once it becomes legalized. The sale or delivery of marijuana of any type currently is a felony in Georgia with a 1-10 year sentence and $5,000 in fines if caught.
Store hours are generally flexible when a legal marijuana system is enacted. However, some states such as Ohio choose to regulate store hours. Stay tuned!
As of now, there is no legal system for purchasing any type of marijuana product in Georgia. Soon eligible patients will be able to purchase and possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil given there is a THC content of 5% or less. Some cities in Georgia, such as Atlanta, have decriminalized marijuana while others have not. If your city has not yet decriminalized marijuana, possession of anything less than 1 ounce is a misdemeanor with the potential for 1 year in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. The more one possesses the higher the penalties get. For example, possession or purchase of more than 1 ounce is a felony that leads to 1-10 years of jail time and $10,000 in fines.
Cannabis oil is the only marijuana product that is legal in Georgia. However, while it is legal it has not yet become available to patients due to growing restrictions within the state. These growing restrictions were just lifted in 2019 which means the medical marijuana program in Georgia can expand and make more products available. We’re hopeful that 2021 will see the expansion of Georgia’s medical marijuana program to one you see in other states, but as for now, cannabis oil is the only legal product.
Recreational marijuana is outlawed in Georgia and there has been no legal system to maintain, regulate, and tax marijuana. Therefore, purchasing recreational marijuana involves illegal sales through the black market. If the Georgia police catch anyone selling or purchasing marijuana, they will crack down hard. It is too early to tell how recreational marijuana might be taxed when it becomes legal, but we will continue to update when new bills are passed.
Georgia just recently introduced a bill that fully expands the sale, possession, and use of medical marijuana and illustrated the taxes and regulations of the sale. This information has not yet been made publicly available but with eager Georgian citizens, there is a good chance the bill will pass. Regardless, we will know Georgia’s tax ideas and regulations in the near future, and you can check back here as soon as the information is made public.
For now, cannabis oil containing 5% or less of THC is the only marijuana product eligible patients are legally allowed to possess. Any other type of marijuana product is strictly illegal. While some cities have elected to decriminalize marijuana, it has not yet been decriminalized on a state level. Therefore, if you don’t live in Atlanta where minor possession is decriminalized you can expect the following penalties:
Georgia does not allow for the consumption of marijuana in any capacity unless you are an eligible patient. What you may not know is that CBD containing less than 0.3% THC was legalized by the federal government, but states can determine their own laws about substances and Georgia did just that. Georgia made it illegal to consume THC if you are not an eligible patient no matter how much THC it contains. So, things get confusing here as people are allowed to purchase low-THC products through the internet and many stores are selling them despite Georgia making it illegal. People often get busted for using CBD oil in total ignorance as they are just doing what the federal law permits. Cops rarely seek out people using CBD oil and they usually look the other way, but that being said, some cops may still arrest people for mere CBD possession. Therefore, CBD should only be consumed in private to avoid any sort of disturbance with law enforcement.
As you may know, marijuana of any kind is still illegal on a federal level. Essentially what this means is that any land that is owned by the federal government puts you in the feds jurisdiction where marijuana is illegal. Therefore, if you are caught possessing and/or consuming marijuana on federally owned land, you will be prosecuted by the feds.
However, CBD oil was legalized by the federal government if it contains less than 0.3% THC. In this case, one can certainly consume CBD oil on federal land in Georgia as federal jurisdiction kicks in where it is legal.
Medical marijuana in Georgia is pretty much nonexistent and they even made CBD oil illegal for those who do not register with the state to consume it. This can be a very confusing law because CBD oil is legal under the federal government so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Therefore, people everywhere are purchasing CBD products from grocery stores or gas stations in just about any form. However, Georgia citizens must watch out because they could face issues from law enforcement and fines for possessing CBD without a permit.
Getting a medical marijuana card in Georgia is quite simple but it doesn’t really offer much. However, if you want to get one, here are the following steps:
1. Schedule an appointment with a physician to get your medical condition approved.
2. After approval, the patient's name will be entered into the Low THC Oil Registry.
3. Finally, a medical card will be issued to you in the mail after about 15 days.
Georgia does in fact allow for reciprocity, meaning out of state medical cards are accepted. Patients from out of state can show their valid medical marijuana card and purchase cannabis oil with up to 5% THC. Since medical marijuana is still illegal in Georgia, patients from out of state may not bring in medical marijuana and they must purchase cannabis oil products from licensed dealers in Georgia.
Marijuana cannot be transported in Georgia as it is still illegal. The only substance related to marijuana that one is allowed to bring in their car is cannabis oil. While CBD is legal across the country, Georgia has made it so one must have a med card to purchase any form of cannabis oil. Therefore, if you have a medical marijuana card in Georgia you are allowed to drive with cannabis oil, but it must be out of reach of the driver. The best place to put your CBD oil is behind the back seat or trunk and not in the glovebox.
There is no legal limit on driving under the influence of marijuana in Georgia. Instead, any trace of marijuana in one’s system is illegal as it is still illegal on a state level. Driving under the influence of marijuana is always a bad idea and can result in massive legal problems similar to that of a DUI.
As you may know, the state borders are under federal jurisdiction, where weed is still illegal. Therefore, driving across state lines puts the driver and anyone in the car under federal law. If caught transporting marijuana across state lines, one will be prosecuted on a federal level which levies massive fines and possible jail time, even if weed is legal in the state you are driving to. Therefore, be smart and never attempt to cross state lines, the feds will be looking for you!
Growing marijuana is illegal in Georgia. In fact, licensed growers haven’t even begun operations due to the rules and regulations in Georgia. If anyone is caught growing marijuana, medical card or not, they will face massive fines, jail time, and be charged as a felon.