Legal status of marijuana in the state of georgia

Legal status of marijuana in the state of georgia
Max Sargent

Find out about the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Georgia. Is marijuana illegal? Better safe than sorry!


In the state of Georgia, medical marijuana oil, and oil only is legal for patients only if they get it from a licensed physician or are part of a research program ran by a university or the state.

Currently there are about 1,700 registered medical marijuana patients and about 350 doctors with the right to prescribe such medicine.

Georgia so far only allows medical cannabis in oil form and as long as the amount of THC is lower than the amount of CBD and stays below 4%. A patient can possess up to 20 oz of this low-THC oil.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Georgia include:

  • Cancer (end-stage)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) (severe or end-stage)
  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma-related head injuries
  • Severe multiple sclerosis
  • Severe Parkinson’s disease
  • Severe sickle cell disease


The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are highly illegal in Georgia.

Although the law on cannabis is quite strict in Georgia, some counties prefer offenders to undergo mandatory treatment, rather than a jail sentence.

This might happen if the amount you get caught with is less than 1 oz. However, the official law states that this is punishable with up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Getting caught with more than 1 oz (28 grams) is seen as a serious felony though and can land you in prison for 1 to 10 years.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Georgia regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Max Sargent
Max Sargent

Max has been writing about cannabis and psychedelics for several years now. With a strong belief that an open, honest attitude toward drugs and drug policy can improve the lives of many, he seeks to offer insightful and developed opinions on the subject.