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Online Medical Marijuana Card and Renewal FAQ

"What Citizens Need to Know about Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Law What does the law do? "

Georgia’s medical marijuana law allows certain qualified persons to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil,” which is derived from the marijuana plant. It authorizes the Georgia Department of Public Health to issue a “Low THC Oil Registry Card” to qualified persons, which will prove that they are authorized to have the oil and protect them from arrest.

How does Georgia’s law compare to laws in other states which have adopted medical marijuana?

Georgia’s law is much more limited than some other states’ medical marijuana laws. For example, it does not legalize the sale or possession of marijuana in leaf form and it does not authorize the production or sale of food products infused with low THC oil or the ingestion of low THC oil through vapor. It does not authorize physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical use. It is intended solely to protect qualified persons from criminal prosecution for possessing low THC oil for medicinal purposes.

Who is eligible for the Georgia “Low THC Oil Registry Card”?

There are three categories of persons who may apply for the card:

1. an adult who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law;
2. legal guardians of an adult who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law;
3. parents or legal guardians of a minor child who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law.

What are the qualifying medical conditions or diseases that are covered by the Georgia law to apply for a medical marijuana card?

The law lists the following conditions and diseases which qualify for the Low THC Oil Registry:

Cancer, when such diagnosis is end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness or recalcitrant nausea and vomiting
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end-stage
Seizure disorders related to the diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injuries
Multiple sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end-stage
Crohn’s disease
Mitochondrial disease
Parkinson’s disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end-stage
Sickle cell disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end-stage
Tourette’s syndrome, when such syndrome is diagnosed as severe
Autism spectrum disorder, when (a) patient is 18 years of age or more, or (b) patient is less than 18 years of age and diagnosed with severe autism
Epidermolysis bullosa
Alzheimer’s disease, when such disease is severe or end-stage
AIDS when such syndrome is severe or end-stage
Peripheral neuropathy, when symptoms are severe or end-stage
Patient is in hospice program, either as inpatient or outpatient
Intractable pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from direct exposure to or witnessing of a trauma for a patient who is at least 18 years of age

How do I apply for the Georgia Low THC medical marijuana Card?

The application is actually sent in by the physician who is treating the patient. There are two forms. First, there is a waiver form which must be signed by both the applicant and the physician. Second, there is a physician certification form. The physician will keep the original waiver and certification form in the patient’s medical records. You may request a copy. The physician will electronically submit the information from these forms to the Georgia Department of Public Health, which will review the information and create a Low THC Oil Registry Card for qualified applicants.

Where will I get my Georgia Low THC medical marijuana card? Will it be mailed to me?

You will be notified when your card has been printed. A representative from DPH’s Office of Vital Records will contact you to establish which of 20 Public Health Offices across the state is most convenient for you to pick up your card. A representative from the Public Health Office selected will notify you when your card is available for pick-up.

How much does the Georgia medical cannabis card cost? How do I pay for my Georgia medical marijuana card online?

The fee for a Low THC Registry Card is $25 per new card, which is the standard fee used by the Office of Vital Records. You will be asked to pay for your card when you pick it up from the closest of the 20 Public Health Offices approved to distribute them.

How long is the Georgia medical cannabis card valid for?

The card will be valid for two years from the date it is issued. The expiration date will be printed on the front of the card. After that time, you will need to again consult with your physician and request that they update and confirm your information into the registry. Please plan to allow 15 business days to process your information, print your card and have it ready for pick-up from the closest of the 20 Public Health Offices approved to distribute them to the address you list as your residence in the registry.

Where can I buy low THC oil in Georgia if I have a Georgia medical cannabis card?

Under House Bill 324, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which is administratively assigned to the Secretary of State’s Office, will oversee the growing, manufacturing, and dispensing of low THC oil in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health does not prescribe or dispense low THC oil.

Can I grow medical marijuana plants in Georgia?

No. The law only authorizes the legal possession of up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil by qualified persons. It does not make the sale or possession of all types of marijuana legal in Georgia. Possession of any form of marijuana by an unauthorized person is and remains a violation of state and federal law.