Welcome to the Georgia Cannabis Law Knowledge Center

The Georgia Cannabis Law Knowledge Center is brought to you by the Georgia CARE Project in an effort to provide voters, patients, activists, lawmakers, and journalists with helpful information about the state of cannabis law in Georgia.

Georgia Low THC Oil Registry Information

2017 Marijuana Legislation

  • Senate Bill 105 – Harm reduction bill. Low-level possession (less than .5 oz) becomes a civil fine. Felony possession raised to 2 ounces. Municipal courts have jurisdiction over cannabis possession charges. [SUPPORT]
  • House Resolution 36 – Allows public to vote on in-state cultivation. [SUPPORT]
  • House Bill 65 – Expands medical conditions. Eliminates “end stage” requirement. [SUPPORT]
  • Senate Bill 16 – Lowers Cannabis Oil THC concentration from 5% to 3%. [AGAINST]

2016 Marijuana Legislation

Federal Marijuana Legislation

  • HR 1013 – Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

Reform Organizations Working in Georgia

  • Athens CARE – An affiliate of Georgia CARE Project on the campus of University of Georgia – UGA. Focused on educational forums, decriminalization, networking.
  • Peachtree NORML – Dedicated to marijuana law reform. A state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Washington D.C.
  • Marijuana Policy Project – MPP is a Washington D.C. based advocacy group focused on lobbying, state initiatives and educational projects.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – LEAP is an international, non-profit educational organization comprised of current and former law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents working to end the war on drugs.

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Government Websites

  • Georgia General Assembly – Keep track of marijuana and criminal justice legislation during the session. Find your lawmakers and contact the concerning proposed legislation.
  • Georgia Governor’s Office – The latest news and information from the Governor. Follow bills signed or vetoed by the Governor.

Legal Referrals

  • The Cohen Law Firm – Supporters of Georgia CARE – providing advice and legal defense in Georgia. With years of criminal defense experience paired with prosecutorial experience means there is no case their attorneys haven’t encountered and no case their firm can’t handle.
  • David West and Associates – Georgia’s anti-marijuana laws are tough, but we’re tougher. Call the Atlanta marijuana defense law firm of David West & Associates if you or a loved one has been charged with an alleged marijuana crime. For your free consultation, 678-384-4069.
  • Spartacus Legal – Spartacus Legal Foundation is a nonprofit legal defense organization assisting people who have been wronged by overbearing law enforcement agencies, by connecting them with principled legal representation and highlighting their stories to a wider audience.
  • Chandler & Chandler Law Group  – Walker Chandler has built a career as a strong advocate for his clients, their rights, interests, freedoms, and property. He has practiced law in Georgia for over 35 years having helped accident victims, as well as litigated high profile criminal and civil proceedings. He is a noted author, speaker, volunteer and community activist who has prevailed at the Supreme Court.

Industrial Hemp

  • North American Industrial Hemp Council – A non-profit organization dedicated to the reestablish and expand the use of industrial hemp. Providing resources for activists.
  • Vote Hemp – Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop.
  • State Industrial Hemp Statutes from the National Conference of State Legislatures – provides the following information on their website:

    “Federal Action

    “President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, or the 2014 Farm Bill, which featured Section 7606 allowing for universities and state departments of agriculture to begin cultivating industrial hemp for limited purposes. Specifically, the law allows universities and state departments of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp if:

    ‘(1) the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research; and

    (2) the growing or cultivating of industrial hemp is allowed under the laws of the state in which such institution of higher education or state department of agriculture is located and such research occurs.’

    “The law also requires that the grow sites be certified by—and registered with—their state.

    “In 2015, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 that would allow American farmers to produce and cultivate industrial hemp. The bill would remove hemp from the controlled substances list as long as it contained no more than 0.3 percent THC.

    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, released a Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp in the Federal Register on Aug 12, 2016, to inform the public on the applicable activities related to hemp in the 2014 Farm Bill.

    State Action

    “At least 30 states passed legislation related to industrial hemp. Generally, states have taken three approaches: (1) establish industrial hemp research and/or pilot programs, (2) authorize studies of the industrial hemp industry, or (3) establish commercial industrial hemp programs. Some states establishing these programs require a change in federal laws or a waiver from the DEA prior to implementation.

    “At least 16 states have legalized industrial hemp production for commercial purposes and 20 states have passed laws allowing research and pilot programs. Seven states—Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Virginia—have approved the creation of both pilot/research and commercial programs. Many of the states that have legalized hemp cultivation for commercial purposes specify that state law does not allow for violation of federal law. States including California, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana and Virginia have established a framework for regulating commercial hemp but still consider hemp illegal outside of research programs unless federal law changes.”

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