Understanding Georgia’s tricky marijuana laws

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2020 | drug possession |

Right now, it is legal for registered patients to own low doses of THC oil in Georgia, but it is against the law to buy, sell or make it. When it comes to marijuana laws, it is easy to get in the weeds about what is legal and what is not.

There are lots of names for marijuana, including weed and pot. No matter what you call it, recreational marijuana is still illegal in Georgia, according to 11Alive. However, other forms of it are not. As marijuana laws start changing, there is probably another term you have started hearing — CBD. Cannabidiol is a compound found in the cannabis plant. This product does not make the user high and is already legal.

The cannabis plant has different strengths. There is hemp and there is marijuana. Hemp has a 0.3% THC or less. Products made from hemp are already legal to sell, as long as they stay below that 0.3% range. This is what you see in stores. According to HowStuffWorks, marijuana has a much higher concentration of THC. It is primarily used for recreational or medicinal purposes. Oil made from this plant does have THC in it.

They call it low THC oil because, under Georgia’s medical marijuana program, patients with certain conditions can possess it, as long as the THC content is 5% or less. In oil form, that is not enough THC to make you high. Even though it is legal to have, it is illegal to buy, sell or make, which leaves many suffering patients high and dry.