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Georgia Marijuana Laws

Georgia traditionally has had quite strict laws regarding the use of cannabis, the Peach State allows the very limited use of the herb. House Bill 1, also known as the "Haleigh's Hope Act," permits eligible patients to possess cannabis oil with a low percentage of THC (which produces the "high"). This is subject to change, as this area of law and regulation continues to evolve.

Here’s a look at the current state of Georgia marijuana laws.

Marijuana Under Georgia Law

The possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana is illegal in Georgia. Marijuana laws in Georgia are relatively strict, but many counties in the state offer alternative sentencing programs for offenders, which offer treatment in lieu of jail time. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana is a felony in Georgia, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.

The city of Savannah decriminalized the possession of marijuana, effective July 1, 2018. This means that first-time offenders will be issued an infraction (like a speeding ticket) instead of jail, with a maximum fine of $150. Those unable to pay may perform community service instead.

Georgia Marijuana Statutes

The following chart provides key information pertaining to Georgia's marijuana laws.

State Marijuana Laws

Georgia traditionally has had quite strict laws regarding the use of cannabis, the Peach State allows the very limited use of the herb. House Bill 1, also known as the "Haleigh's Hope Act," permits eligible patients to possess cannabis oil with a low percentage of THC (which produces the "high"). This is subject to change, as this area of law and regulation continues to evolve.

Here’s a look at the current state of Georgia marijuana laws.

Marijuana Under Georgia Law

The possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana is illegal in Georgia. Marijuana laws in Georgia are relatively strict, but many counties in the state offer alternative sentencing programs for offenders, which offer treatment in lieu of jail time. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana is a felony in Georgia, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.

The city of Savannah decriminalized the possession of marijuana, effective July 1, 2018. This means that first-time offenders will be issued an infraction (like a speeding ticket) instead of jail, with a maximum fine of $150. Those unable to pay may perform community service instead.

Georgia Marijuana Statutes

The following chart provides key information pertaining to Georgia's marijuana laws.

Statute(s)

Section 16-13-30, et seq.

Possession Penalties

  • 1 oz or Less: Misdemeanor, 1 yr. or $1,000 fine
  • Between 1 oz and 10 lbs.: Felony, 1-10 yrs.
  • Over 10 lbs: This is considered trafficking (see below)

Sale or Trafficking Penalties

  • 10 lbs or Less: Felony, 1-10 yrs
  • 10-2000 lbs.: Fellony, 5 yrs. and mandatory $100,000 fine
  • 2000-10,000 lbs.: 7 yrs. and mandatory $250,000 fine
  • Over 10,000 lbs.: 15 yrs. and mandatory $1,000,000 fine

Medical Marijuana

Eligible patients may possess up to 20 ounces of low-THC (high-CBD) cannabis oil; possession of the whole plant is not allowed, nor is cultivation. Although low-TCH cannabis oil is legal in the state, it is not clear how it should be obtained.

 

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