Medical Cannabis Laws in Georgia

March 9, 2018
By Sara Reece, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE

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. 

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
  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Patients in hospice care

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.

Who is eligible for Low THC Registry card?
  1. An adult with one of the eligible diseases who has been resident of Georgia for at least one year.
  2. A legal guardian of an adult with one of the eligible diseases who has been resident of Georgia for at least one year.
  3. 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.

Where can I purchase medical cannabis products?

At this time, medical cannabis cannot be grown or distributed in Georgia. Low THC oil must be purchased out of state, which is challenging due to federal law. Federally, marijuana remains a Category I controlled substance.

For more information, visit the State of Georgia's Department of Public Health Low THC Oil Registry Page.

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