Marijuana in Georgia
The State of Georgia recently legalized the use of medical marijuana to help in the treatment of eight illnesses. “Haleigh’s Law,” named for the young girl and her mother who helped push this legislation, allows Georgia residents with these certain medical conditions the use of CBD oil, a non-intoxicating form of cannabis, to aid their treatment. The eight illnesses are amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; cancer; Crohn’s disease; mitochondrial disease; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease; seizure disorders; and sickle cell anemia.
Although Georgia passed Haleigh’s Law, the state of Georgia is much stricter regarding medical marijuana use than the 35 other states that preceded with some form of legalizing marijuana legislation.
In Georgia, possessing marijuana is still considered illegal and carries significant punishment and fines. The county to county punishment differs across the state. For instance, in Athens Clarke County, a person with no priors, possessing less than one ounce of cannabis, could qualify for pretrial. Pretrial is a program offered in Athens for first offenders that if followed properly and completed to the specifications necessary, a first offender could have charges dismissed upon completion of pretrial. If you possess over one ounce of marijuana it is considered a felony and carries much more severe penalties. Also if you have more than one possession charge that will impact your penalties as well. It’s important to consult an attorney regarding your case when handling these kinds of charges. If you have been arrested for an alcohol offense in or around Athens, GA, attorney Joseph Lariscy can help. For a free consultation call (706) 389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance.