Is Marijuana Decriminalized in Georgia and What are the State’s Medical Cannabis Laws?

Georgia’s approach to cannabis is more restrictive compared to some states. Notably, it doesn’t permit the cultivation, sale, or possession of marijuana in plant or leaf form. It also doesn’t allow for the production, sale, or consumption of edibles infused with low THC oil, nor does it enable the inhalation of low THC oil by smoking or vaping. Medical professionals are not authorized to prescribe marijuana in any form.

In the State of Georgia, possession of marijuana remains illegal, with the exception being up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil for individuals who hold a valid Low THC Oil Registry Card. House Bill 324 authorizes licensed businesses to cultivate marijuana solely for producing low THC oil and its distribution in accordance with state regulations. However, this does not extend to general marijuana sale or possession.

On November 30, 2017, the Constitutional Court of Georgia decriminalized the personal use of marijuana, acknowledging both the right to use it and its potential health risks without legalizing its sale, distribution, or growing.

Georgia’s Hope Act (Official Code of Georgia Annotated 16-12), which became effective on July 1, 2019, established the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. This body is tasked with overseeing the licensing of businesses for growing and dispensing low THC oil.

For further information on the rules and regulations, meeting schedules, and the history and purpose of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, the following resources are available:

For frequently asked questions about the commission, you can visit the FAQs.
For information on the specific rules and the relevant Georgia Law, you can refer to Rules & Georgia Law and Georgia Law.
To view the history and purpose of the Commission, visit History & Purpose.
For general public FAQs regarding low THC oil, check the guide from the Georgia Department of Public Health at Low THC Oil FAQ for General Public.
To learn about the Low THC Oil Registry, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health.
For details on Commission meetings, see Commission Meetings.

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The upcoming Commission Meeting will take place on September 20, 2023, in Atlanta, with the public being notified of the agenda and able to access meeting summaries and recordings.

Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission

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