Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Georgia? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.
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Table of Content:
- Getting a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card Online
- Who Can Apply?
- What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Georgia?
- How do I Apply?
- What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
- How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Georgia?
- What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Georgia?
- Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
- How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
- Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Georgia?
- Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
- Does Georgia Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
- Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah and Macon
- History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Georgia
- Current Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws
- Useful Links
Getting a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card Online
You can get a medical cannabis card online in Georgia using telemedicine. Georgia does not have a comprehensive medical cannabis program. Rather, they call it a Low THC Oil Registry, for which people can apply for a card. You can do this with Leafwell on your cell phone, tablet or computer.
As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell has helped our clients quickly and securely get a Georgia Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Georgia understand the importance of applying for their Georgia MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.
Who Can Apply?
To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Georgia, you must be a legal resident of Georgia.
Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf, and adults who have legal guardians can have those guardians apply on their behalf.
The Low THC Oil Registry will store your information but it is completely confidential and accessible only to physicians and the state.
What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Georgia?
As an MMJ Card holder in Georgia, you are permitted to possess:
- Up to 20 fl oz of low THC oil
- This oil can contain no more than 5% THC
Note that Georgia does not have a full medical marijuana program but rather a low THC Oil Registry. It’s very restrictive in the types of products which a medical marijuana user can purchase and use.
You cannot buy:
- Vape oil
How do I Apply?
With Leafwell, you can get your Georgia Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Georgia medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $199. You are only billed if approved.
2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card
The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you. You will need to sign a waiver, alongside this physician, as part of the process.
3. Receive your certificate and waiver from Leafwell
If approved, our physician will pass your information to the Georgia Low THC Oil Registry portal and you will receive an email with your certificate and waiver. The Georgia Department of Public Health will then reach out to you to request your certificate and your signed and notarised waiver. Once approved, they will let you know when your card has been printed
4. Pick up your card
You will be asked to arrange a pick up time and place to go and get your new Georgia Medical Marijuana Card. At this time, you will pay $25 for the card. There are 20 Public Health Offices in Georgia and your card can be picked up from the one most convenient to you. Your card will be valid for 2 years from the date issued.
What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.
The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Georgia registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.
At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the application to the Georgia government for you and submit their recommendation and the signed waiver.
If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.
Once obtained, the certification will last for two years.
How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Georgia?
The initial consultation with one of the Georgia registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee. The cost is $199. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.
It costs $25 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for two years. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.
Applications submitted by a legal guardian/caregiver, are also $25. Parents who both want to carry a card will need to apply separately. A Leafwell physician can help you complete this.
Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Georgia because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Georgia?
According to Georgia law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Georgia:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Autism (must be severe if patient is under 18)
- Cancer (end stage or when treatment produces related wasting illness or nausea and vomiting)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Epidermolysis bullosa
- Intractable pain
- Mitochondrial Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Seizure disorders (including those caused by epilepsy and head trauma)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Terminal condition
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Note that this list is up to date as of February 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.
Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.
This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.
How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.
Caregivers must attend the appointment with Leafwell, alongside the person who will be using the medical marijuana. Our physician will then approve (or not approve) your application with us and submit the details of the caregiver to the Georgia Low THC Registry. The card will be in your name. More than one caregiver can get a card for the same patient.
Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Georgia?
No, it is illegal to cultivate cannabis in Georgia.
Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.
Does Georgia Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
Yes. Senate Bill 16 exempts any person who has “in his or her possession a registration card issued by another state that allows the same possession of low THC oil as provided by this state’s law.”
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Hawaii *
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Puerto Rico
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.
Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah and Macon
There are some cities in Georgia which are more lenient towards cannabis use than others. For example, Atlanta City Council has reduced the penalty for up to one ounce of cannabis possession to $75 in October 2017. Similarly, Savannah City Council did the same thing 6 months later.
Overall, however, there is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different Georgia jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in Georgia, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell.
History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Georgia
Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Georgia:
- February 1980 – The Senate and House passed Mona Taft’s bill to legalize medical marijuana for people diagnosed with glaucoma and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. However, no patient was ever supplied with the product they needed.
- February 2015 – the current medical marijuana law was passed, allowing medical cannabis oil which contained up to 5% THC to be purchased. It was legalized under HB1, the Haleigh’s Hope Act
- May 2017 – 6 more conditions were added
- 2018 – 2 more conditions were added
- April 2019 – the HB1 act was finally approved and became House Bill 324 and formally allowed in-state cultivation of cannabis and sale of low-THC oil.
Current Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws
At the moment, there are no licensed dispensaries in Georgia. Dispensaries need to obtain a dispensing license from the Commission, which states they are in the process of promulgating rules for ‘retail’ low-THC Dispensing Licenses.
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