Medical Cannabis Laws in Georgia
How to Obtain Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil)
Georgia House Bill 1 (HB 1) (Haleigh’s Hope Act), which was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on April 16, 2015, created the Low THC Oil registry program. Patients and families (in case of children) who register with the state can possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil. The intent of the law is to protect qualified patients and families (in case of children) from criminal prosecution for possessing low (<5%) THC oil.
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In April 2019, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House (HB) 324, an update to Haleigh’s Hope Act, into law. The updated law allows for a) limited in-state production of low-THC (less than 5%) oil by approved suppliers, and b) pharmacies and potentially other retail establishments to apply for a dispensing licensing.
What disease states are covered by Georgia’s medical marijuana law?
- Cancer at end stage or experiencing wasting illness
- Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injury
- ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease (severe or end stage)
- Parkinson’s disease (severe or end stage)
- Multiple sclerosis (severe or end stage)
- Sickle cell disease (severe or end stage)
- Crohn’s disease
- Mitochondrial disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Epidermolysis bullosa
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Patients in hospice care
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Intractable pain
How do I obtain medical marijuana in Georgia?
To obtain medical marijuana in Georgia, you must apply for Low THC Registry card. To get this card, the physician who is treating the patient submits the two forms, waiver form (patient and physician sign) and physician certification form.
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Who is eligible for Low THC Registry card?
- An adult with one of the eligible diseases who has been resident of Georgia for at least one year.
- A legal guardian of an adult with one of the eligible diseases who has been resident of Georgia for at least one year.
- Parents or legal guardians of minor child who has one of the eligible diseases, and has been a resident for at least one year, or was born in Georgia and is under one year of age.
Where do I go to get my Low THC Registry card?
A representative from Department of Public Health’s Vital Records will contact the patient to determine closest of the 18 select Public Health Offices across state to pick up card.
How much does the Low THC Registry card cost?
The fee is $25 per card. The fee is due when card is picked up.
How long is the card valid?
The card is valid for two years from the date card is issued.
Now that the bill is passed, how long before I can find low THC oil in Georgia?
The timeline for having low THC oil is dependent upon formation of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. This commission will develop rules and regulations and approve both wholesale producer and dispensing licenses in Georgia.
Where can I purchase medical cannabis products? Can my pharmacist obtain it?
Pharmacists are unable obtain low THC oil at this time, however the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission may purchase and transport low THC oil to Georgia for use by registered patients.
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Will we have dispensaries?
The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission will approve applications for dispensing licenses to pharmacies and other retail establishments.
For more information, visit the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Health Low THC Oil Registry Page.
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Low THC Oil Registry Page
DPH, in close consultation with the Georgia Composite Medical Board, has developed a Low THC Oil Registry for patients and caregivers who qualify to carry an identification card under Georgia House Bill 1.
This page contains information for the general public, physicians and law enforcement. Please take a moment to review all of the resources on this page, especially the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections.
The basic steps to obtaining a card are as follows:
- Patients and caregivers of patients who believe they may be eligible should consult with their physician about the possibility of obtaining a card allowing them to possess 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil within the state of Georgia.
- If approved by the physician, the patient or patient’s caregivers’ information will be entered into DPH’s secure “Low THC Oil Registry” and a card(s) will be issued.
- Patients and caregivers will be notified when the cards are ready for pickup (within 15 business days) from one of several public health offices geographically spread around the state.
“Low THC Oil Registry” cards cost $25 – the standard fee for obtaining a vital record in Georgia – and will be valid for two years from the date issued. After that time, cardholders will need to again consult with their physician about their continued eligibility and to request that they update and confirm their information into the registry.
The law lists the following conditions and diseases which qualify for the Low THC Oil Registry: