Georgia Governing Body Information
2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
Earlier this year, lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill (Bill 324) that would allow medical marijuana to be sold in Georgia. The bill comes at a time when Georgia has witnessed incomplete laws on cannabis. Current laws require low levels of THC and high percentage CBD oils for patients with different medical conditions.
Currently, a number of private companies in Georgia are able to cultivate medical marijuana but dispensaries are not allowed to cultivate medical marijuana until Georgia provides specific licenses for dispensaries. Pharmacies are able to dispense medical marijuana oil to patients and may be able to provide further medical marijuana products once the bill becomes law.
Although Bill 324 is welcome news to individuals who rely on medical marijuana in Georgia, there are still a number of bureaucratic challenges that Georgia residents face in gaining access to medical marijuana products.
As the rules governing medical marijuana have not yet been finalized in Georgia, there are no marijuana labeling or packaging laws in Georgia as of yet. Potential dispensaries and growers are urged to continue checking this page for further updates to Georgia’s marijuana laws on cannabis labels and packaging.
2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
Medical cannabis has had a strange history in the Peach State, with some early legislation that never got implemented. Just after the rash of decriminalization laws in other states during the late 1970s, Georgia followed suit by passing law named after a widow, Mona Taft. She pushed for legalization of cannabis for cancer patients because it had brought her husband relief before his death. This 1980 Georgia bill promised to allow patients with terminal diseases access to cannabis for relief for terminal diseases.
Mona Taft’s bill was hailed as a compassionate change at the time, but subsequent Georgia governors failed to fund a medical cannabis program. Cannabis in raw plant form is still illegal in the Peach State. Possession laws are some of the strictest in the nation, with less than one ounce being punishable by a misdemeanor and a fine, but then possession of over an ounce and every other cannabis crime punishable by a felony charge.
Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Oil Laws
Georgia lawmakers recognized the medical benefits of cannabis, but also recognized that THC is responsible for the “high” in cannabis.The 2015 Haleigh’s Hope Act legalized low percentage (under 5%) THC, high percentage CBD oil for patients with certain conditions with the list lengthened a year later.
Georgia runs its Medical Low THC Oil Program just like a medical cannabis program, with a patient registry and qualifying medical conditions. Patients can apply directly for a card, or a caregiver can apply for someone under 18, so parents can help children with seizure disorders. In Georgia, patients are eligible for a Low THC Oil Card for seizure disorders, autoimmune diseases, and terminal diseases or hospice care.
Retail CBD Oil Rules
In Georgia CBD Oil must be sold “in a pharmaceutical container, and the label must clearly state the percentage of THC,” according to Haleigh’s Hope Act. Patients in the Peach State can have less than 20 fl. oz. of “medical marijuana oil” that can only contain up to 5% THC. Georgia doesn’t dispense oil, so cannabis businesses can market their CBD hemp oil in the state.