Medical Marijuana in Georgia

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Fall 10-22-2015


In spring 2015, HB1 was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia. The law authorizes possession of up to 20 ounces of low THC cannabis oil to treat debilitating illnesses such as seizure disorder, cancer, and sickle cell disease. Patients or guardians must first be certified by their physicians as a candidate for cannabis oil and then must register with the Georgia Department of Public Health. After describing the benefits of cannabis oil on serious medical conditions, our panelists discussed the challenges of the legislative process, the differences in Georgia's law compared to other states, legal issues that have arisen, remaining gaps in the law and the potential implications for Georgians seeking cannabis oil for their medical conditions.