Is Marijuana Legal In Georgia?
Don’t let legalization or decriminalization of marijuana in other states catch you off guard. In Georgia, possession of marijuana is still a crime, even if you have a medical condition.
To protect yourself from the stigma of having a drug conviction on your record, get help from an experienced defense attorney. Call Farnsworth & Murphy LLC, in Atlanta for a free initial consultation at 404-525-8500. We are here to protect your future.
Protecting You From Serious Consequences
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Even if you receive probation, you could still be saddled with a lifetime criminal record that could cut off certain career choices. If you are a student, you could lose eligibility for federal student loans.
Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana or cultivation of marijuana is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison depending on quantity. If certain aggravating conditions are present, such as possession of marijuana near a school or park, you could face up to 40 years in prison.
What If I Have A Medical Condition?
While Georgia recently expanded its medical cannabis oil program to include additional conditions, the number of conditions is still fairly narrow. In addition, the exception only allows possession of cannabis oil, not the leaves, buds or other parts of the plant.
Even if you have a prescription for medical marijuana from another state, you cannot bring medical marijuana into Georgia until you meet the narrow exceptions permitted under Georgia law.
If you obtained marijuana legally in another state, and are arrested for possession in Georgia on your way to or from another state, seek immediate counsel from a Georgia marijuana defense lawyer. Do not say anything to incriminate yourself.