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How to Get a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card in 2023

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Table of contents

  1. Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Georgia
  2. Eligibility Requirements
  3. Qualifying Conditions
  4. How to Apply
  5. Costs
  6. Medical Marijuana Reciprocity
  7. Applying as a Caregiver
  8. Where to Buy Medical Marijuana
  9. Cultivation
  10. Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

In 2015, then Georgia Governor Nathan Deal legalized medical marijuana when he signed House Bill 1, the Haleigh’s Hope Act, into law. The act specifically legalized the possession of up to 20 ounces of low-THC oil for patients diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition. However, it didn’t provide a framework for accessing medical cannabis oil.

Several expansions to the act increased the list of qualifying conditions that make Georgians eligible for a medical marijuana card. A significant milestone occurred in 2019 when Governor Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s Hope Act into law, allowing in-state production, manufacturing, and dispensing low-THC oil.

If you’re a Georgia resident and are interested in getting your medical marijuana card, you’ve come to the right place. This article will explain everything you need to know about the state’s Low THC Oil Registry card program, which medical conditions qualify patients for a medical card, and how to navigate the new card application process.

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Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Georgia

Applying for a Georgia medical marijuana card is the only way state residents can purchase and consume cannabis oil legally. Recreational sales and home cultivation of cannabis remain illegal under Georgia law.

Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC oil containing no more than 5% THC. Qualified patients may not purchase cannabis as flower, edibles, or vaporizer cartridges at this time.

Note: There are currently no licensed dispensaries open in Georgia. When that changes, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission will maintain an up-to-date list of state dispensaries on its website.

Eligibility Requirements

Georgia residents aged 18 and up diagnosed with at least one qualifying condition may be eligible to apply for a Georgia medical marijuana card. First, they must register for a consultation with a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get approved. With Leafwell, this appointment can take place online with telemedicine.

For a complete list of qualifying medical conditions and step-by-step instructions for the state’s medical cannabis application process, see below.

Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Georgia?

Minors can get a medical card in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the parents or legal guardians of a minor patient diagnosed with one or more qualifying conditions may apply for a low THC Oil Registry card. Both parents or legal guardians of a child may apply for separate cannabis oil identification cards.

Qualifying Conditions

The following conditions and diseases may qualify a patient for Georgia’s Low THC Oil Registry:

How to Apply

  • Register online with Leafwell.

You can speak to a physician and qualify for a Georgia medical marijuana card online with telemedicine. The cost of the online consultation is $149, and you are only billed if approved.

  • Attend your appointment.

Attend your telemedicine appointment. Speak to our licensed medical marijuana doctor about your qualifying conditions, medical history, and why medical cannabis may be a good option. Ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Then, get certified for your Low THC Oil Registry card.

Note: Please prepare all necessary documentation before the appointment, including any medical records that will enable your physician to understand your medical history comprehensively.

  • Receive your certificate and waiver from Leafwell.

If approved, our doctor will pass your information to the Georgia Low THC Oil Registry portal. The Georgia Department of Public Health will then reach out to you to request your certificate and your signed and notarised waiver. Once approved, they will let you know when your card has been printed.

  • Pick up your card.

You will be asked to arrange a pick-up time for your new card at one of Georgia’s 20 public health offices (typically within 15 business days). The state charges a $25 fee for the card when it is picked up. Your card is valid for two years from its issue date and enables you to purchase up to 20 ounces of low-THC oil from licensed dispensaries.

What You’ll Need

Your physician will electronically submit your application to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The application comprises a low THC oil waiver and a physician certification form. Both the patient and the physician must sign the waiver.

Please ensure you come to your physician’s appointment prepared with all of the following patient information:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Caregiver information (if applicable)
  • Medical records

Patients will also need $25 for Georgia’s nonrefundable fee when they pick up their MMJ card.

Costs

An online consultation with one of Leafwell’s Georgia healthcare providers is $149. However, you will not be charged if you do not qualify for your MMJ card.

The state also charges a nonrefundable $25 fee when you pick up your card from one of the state’s public health offices.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

According to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, Georgia recognizes out-of-state medical patients if they have been in the state for fewer than 45 days and possess a valid registration card issued by another state that allows the same possession of low THC oil.

For further information about medical marijuana reciprocity, Leafwell maintains an up-to-date list of states and U.S. territories that accept out-of-state medical cards.

Applying as a Caregiver

Georgia defines a caregiver as a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of an individual under 18 years of age or the legal guardian of an adult.

To serve as a medical marijuana patient’s caregiver in Georgia, you will need to attend the qualified patient’s appointment with Leafwell’s physician and provide the following caregiver information to be included on the physician certification form:

  • First and last name
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana

There currently aren’t any licensed dispensaries operating in Georgia. The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission will maintain an up-to-date list of state dispensaries on its website when they begin opening.

Cultivation

Cultivation of cannabis is not permitted under Georgia law, including for medical marijuana patients with valid low THC oil cards.

Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

Below, you’ll find a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws enforced in Georgia. Check out our Georgia law page for more in-depth coverage of the state’s laws.

  • Medical cannabis in Georgia is limited to low-THC oils containing no more than 5% THC.
  • Medical patients may purchase and possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC oil.
  • Recreational cannabis is not legal in Georgia.
  • The cultivation of cannabis is illegal, even for medical cardholders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How hard is it to get a medical card in Georgia?

Getting a medical card in Georgia is easy and can be summed up in four steps:

  • Register online with Leafwell.

You can speak to a physician and qualify for a Georgia medical marijuana card online with telemedicine. The cost of the online consultation is $149, and you are only billed if approved.

  • Attend your appointment.

Attend your telemedicine appointment. Speak to our licensed medical marijuana doctor about your qualifying conditions, medical history, and why medical cannabis may be a good option. Ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Then, get certified for your Low THC Oil Registry card.

  • Receive your certificate and waiver from Leafwell.

If approved, our doctor will pass your information to the Georgia Low THC Oil Registry portal. The Georgia Department of Public Health will then reach out to you to request your certificate and your signed and notarised waiver. Once approved, they will let you know when your card has been printed.

  • Pick up your card.

You will be asked to arrange a pick-up time for your new card at one of Georgia’s 20 public health offices (typically within 15 business days). The state charges a $25 fee for the card when it is picked up. Your card is valid for two years from its issue date and enables you to purchase up to 20 ounces of low-THC oil from licensed dispensaries.

What qualifies you for medical marijuana in Georgia?

The following conditions and diseases may qualify a patient for medical marijuana in Georgia:

How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in Georgia?

After you’re approved for your medical card, the Georgia Department of Public Health typically takes around 15 business days to process your information, print your card, and have it ready for pickup at your closest public health office.

Article written by

Mike Reddy

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