Georgia Marijuana Compliance

Marijuana is illegal under Georgia marijuana laws. While medicinal marijuana is illegal in Georgia, there is an exception for low THC oil for medical purposes for qualified patients. Georgia employers are free to test their employees for marijuana and may terminate those with positive tests, even if the use was outside the workplace.

Georgia residents must learn about marijuana state vs. federal laws, since laws may differ between the state and federal levels. For example, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug along with heroin and LSD. However, Georgia's penalties for marijuana differ from other Schedule I drugs, and the possession of less than one ounce is only a misdemeanor.

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Georgia Marijuana Compliance

Georgia Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Partially Legal

Marijuana is illegal in the state of Georgia. The exception to this law, according to Georgia marijuana compliance guidelines, is for medical patients registered to use low THC oil.

Medical Marijuana: Legal

Georgia marijuana compliance holds strict guidelines, and medical marijuana is legal in Georgia to a limited extent. Georgia marijuana laws allow for authorized medicinal marijuana users to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil, and the user must be issued a "Low THC Oil Registry Card." Users that have this card are able to prove they are authorized users and cannot be arrested for possessing low THC oil.

To qualify for low THC oil for medical purposes in Georgia, the patient must be an adult with one of the qualifying medical conditions or must be the legal guardian of someone with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions.

Decriminalized: No

Marijuana is illegal in Georgia for recreational and medical purposes, with the exception of the use of low THC oil to registered users. There are penalties in Georgia for the possession of marijuana in any amount, and any amount above one ounce is considered a felony.

The one exception is the city of Atlanta, which has decriminalized the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, punishable by a fine of up to $75.00 and no jail time.

Recreational Marijuana: Illegal

Recreational marijuana is fully illegal in the state of Georgia. Possessing more than one ounce of marijuana, the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute any amount, and the sale, delivery, and cultivation of marijuana are all felonies under Georgia marijuana laws.

Last updated 1/12/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Marijuana is illegal under Georgia marijuana laws. Recreational marijuana use in Georgia is fully illegal. The use of marijuana for medical purposes in Georgia is illegal; however, the state does allow for the use of low THC oil to qualified adults with certain medical conditions.

Are there any unique laws about marijuana in Georgia?

Georgia marijuana compliance guidelines are limited compared to most medical marijuana states. Georgia does not allow the production of low THC-infused food products or the use of low THC through vapor. Also, physicians aren't authorized in Georgia to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.

What is the punishment for possession in Georgia?

In Georgia, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and has a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The possession of marijuana at any amount of more than one ounce is a felony resulting in one to 10 years' incarceration time and a fine of up to $5,000.

The possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute any amount is a felony and, depending on the amount of marijuana, results in one to 40 years of jail time and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

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