Status: In Georgia, CBD oil derived from Hemp is legal for all individuals to possess, but CBD oil derived from Marijuana is only legal for medically qualified individuals to possess. It is illegal to sell or cultivate marijuana, but possession of marijuana is decriminalized.
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Number of Georgia Licenses Available
Georgia CBD Program Guidelines
- The person possessing the oil must be registered with the Georgia Department of Public Health and must have a registration card on their person when possessing said oil.
- If the patient is under 18 years of age then the parent or guardian must possess a card designating them as the patient’s caregiver.
- The medical marijuana oil must contain no more than 5% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and it must contain an amount of CBD (cannabidiol) that is at least equal to the amount of THC.
- The low THC oil must be in a pharmaceutical container, and the label must clearly state the percentage of THC contained therein.
- The patient may possess no more than 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil.
The state of Georgia currently is not accepting applications for marijuana businesses. To get ahead of the game and prepare for your marijuana business, review the resources below.
RECOMMENDED GEORGIA MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR MARIJUANA BUSINESS APPLICATION:
- Georgia Marijuana Business Plan Package
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- Environmental Plan Template
- Financial Plan Template
- Fire Safety Plan Template
- Inventory Control Plan Template
- Patient Education Plan Template
- Patient Recordkeeping Plan Template
- Product Safety Plan Template
- Security Plan Template
- Staffing Plan Template
- Suitability of Proposed Plan Template
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The History of Georgia Marijuana
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1 into law on the 16th of April 2015 which allows for a limited amount of medical marijuana use for qualifying patients in the state. Unfortunately, production and dispensing is currently not allowed. State Rep. Allen Peake who is largely responsible for HB 1, introduced a bill in 2016 that would have allowed for the growing and selling of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia however it was unsuccessful.
On October 11, Atlanta City Mayor Kasim Reed signed the Marijuana Decriminalization Bill into law, which removed jail as a penalty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana within city limits of Atlanta, imposing a $75 fine instead.
In 2017, SB 16 passed into law, expanding the use cases for acceptable medical marijuana usage in Georgia. SB 16 does not address how patients should obtain medical marijuana or provide any state system to dispense it.
In January 2018, a bipartisan sponsored bill entered the State Senate: Senate Bill 614, seeking to decriminalize marijuana for medical and recreational use within state lines.
On July 30, 2018, Georgia’s Constitutional Court ruled that “consumption of marijuana is an action protected by the right to free personality” and that citizens can no longer be assessed administrative penalties—citations, like the penalties issued for traffic violations or parking tickets—for cannabis possession.
The first of a series of public meetings in regards to improving access to cannabis oil was held at the Capitol on August 29, 2018. A committee heard testimonies from both sides of the debate for medical marijuana. Many lawmakers are concerned about creating a way for qualified patients to legally access the cannabis oil their state law allows for.