At The Walker Law Firm, our attorneys want to help you manage your prescription and understand your rights regarding medicinal marijuana. As of November, 41 states and the District of Columbia recognize the benefits of medicinal marijuana for various conditions. Now more than ever, it is crucial you understand the vast differences between state and federal laws regarding medicinal marijuana, so you can exercise your rights and realize when you are in violation of the law.
Under House Bill 1—otherwise known as Haleigh’s Hope Act—Georgia has legalized the use of low-THC oil (less than 5% by weight) for medicinal purposes. To obtain medical marijuana in the state, you must have at least one of the qualifying conditions:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Seizure Disorders, Including Epilepsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Mitochondrial Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
To receive the medicinal oil, you must be carrying a registration card for the Department of Public Health, and the container holding the medicinal THC must be labeled by the manufacturer with the percentage of the substance inside. If you do not meet all of the qualifications for possessing medical marijuana and are caught with it, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. If this happens, it is imperative that you contact a defense attorney right away.
Since the growth of marijuana—medicinal or otherwise—is illegal in the state of Georgia, patients who qualify for a medical marijuana prescription must order their medicine from a reputable grower outside of the state. Because federal law makes it difficult to travel through states that have yet to decriminalize the plant, speak with an attorney about the best way to obtain your prescription.
Georgia’s medical marijuana laws are complex, leaving plenty of room for misinterpretation and therefore, trouble. If you have recently received your prescription, or if you are in the process of applying for one, consult with a lawyer today. Call 478-923-4152 or visit our website to learn more.