Georgia Marijuana Laws

A conservative state, Georgia has historically been resistant to cannabis legislation. However, the state has taken a small favorable step forward by passing a medical CBD oil law. Further progress toward a comprehensive medical marijuana law or the legalization of recreational use, however, does not appear to be forthcoming.

Recreational Marijuana in Georgia

Recreational marijuana is illegal in Georgia. Possession of up to 1 ounce is a misdemeanor punishable by 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $6,000. First-time offenders may be given a conditional discharge, which can include the payment of fines and community service. Possession of any amount for non-personal use will be charged as a felony, punishable by a 1-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum fine of $15,000. The sale or delivery of any amount of marijuana is dealt with even more harshly with jail terms ranging from 2 years to life and a maximum fine of $60,000.

Medical Marijuana in Georgia

Georgia’s policy on medical marijuana took a turn for the better on April 16, 2015 when Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 1. While the law is far from a comprehensive medical marijuana law, the law does legalize the use of up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil containing up to 5% percent THC — for patients suffering from various illnesses.

Under House Bill 1, the use of cannabis oil is legal for medical patients diagnosed with:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Cancer
Crohn’s Disease
Mitochondrial Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s Disease
Seizure Disorders
Sickle Cell Disease

Consumption of CBD from Hemp Oil in Georgia

Like in all 50 U.S. states, the consumption of CBD oil derived from hemp is federally legal in Georgia, as CBD hemp oil falls under the same importation and commerce laws as other hemp products.

Cultivation of Cannabis in Georgia

It is illegal to cultivate marijuana in Georgia for any purpose. Marijuana cultivation is a felony offense in Georgia and can lead to incarceration from 1 to 10 years.

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