For Your Information: Marijuana Laws in Georgia

4/20 has come and gone, and I bet you’re wondering what the marijuana laws in Georgia are.

Whichever side you’re on about the issue, it is important to know how your home state sees weed, because from one state to another, it varies extremely, and these differences have serious consequences for users and planters alike.

Georgia has strict laws for the use of marijuana and only allows the use of the plant under very limited circumstances.

According to this legal aide website, possessing a whole marijuana plant and cultivating them is illegal under Georgia state law.

Possessing less than one ounce is considered a misdemeanor with a punishment of a year in prison or a $1,000 fine. Possessing more than one ounce but less than ten pounds is considered a felony with a punishment of one to ten years in prison. Possessing more than ten pounds is considered trafficking which is a bigger felony.

Possessing or trafficking 10 – 2,000 pounds of marijuana is punishable by five years in prison and a mandatory $100,000 fine. Possessing or trafficking 2,000-10,000 pounds of marijuana will get seven years in prison and a mandatory $250,000 fine. Possessing or trafficking anything over 10,000 pounds of marijuana will get you 15 years in prison and a mandatory fine of $1 million.

Fortunately for the offenders, many counties in Georgia offer alternative sentencing programs that offer treatment in place of jail time.

However, there is an exception in the state for the use of medical marijuana. Eligible patients may possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil with low-THC (the part of cannabis that produces the high) under House Bill 1, which is also known as the Haleigh’s Hope Act. Unfortunately, the law does not make clear how the cannabis oil should be obtained.

Those are the laws for Georgia, but federally, the possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal nationwide under a federal law known as the Controlled Substance Act. So even in states where recreational and medical use is legal, users can still come into conflict with the law.

Legalizing marijuana is a major issue right now, so these laws are subjected to change and are even speculated to change in the next few years. But unless that happens, the best legal advice is to stay informed if you want to use marijuana.

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