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.
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.
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.
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.
The fee is $25 per card. The fee is due when card is picked up.
The card is valid for two years from the date card is issued.
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.
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.
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.