Georgia Marijuana Laws

 In Criminal Defense

Currently, Georgia marijuana possession is illegal unless you have a medical excuse.  If you are charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, it’s a misdemeanor, which carries up to a $1,000 fine and/or 12 months in jail.  If you are charged with more than an ounce of marijuana, then it’s a felony, which carries a jail time of 1 to 10 years and the fines vary.

Only drugs convictions that occurred prior to July 1, 2015 will cause a license suspension. The license suspension will last 6 months and it runs consecutively.  As of July 1, 2015, a person will not lose their license if they are charged with possession of marijuana and a vehicle was not involved in the commission of a felony.  However, a DUI Drugs conviction will suspend your license.

On April 16, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that makes it legal for people who suffer from cancer, sickle cell disease and other illnesses to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil if they get a doctor prescription.  But it’s still illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia so patients will have to travel to Colorado and other states to get the cannabis oil.  This creates a tricky issue, because not all states have legalized marijuana so transporting it back to Georgia may get patients in trouble with the law.


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