Marijuana is still considered federally to be a schedule 1 substance, meaning that possession is considered a felony. Many states, however, including Georgia, have introduced legislation to allow for the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The law in Georgia is very specific, and you will not find the green cannabis plant for sale at any dispensaries. If you believe you may benefit from medical marijuana, you should be fully aware of what is available in Georgia, how to obtain it and which medical conditions qualify.
Low THC oil
The Georgia Department of Public Health states that the only way to use medical marijuana is to get a specifically approved mixture known as “Low THC Oil.” This requires you to apply with the help of a physician for a license that must be proffered by the Department of Public Health.
Applying for the card
If a physician is treating you for one of the qualifying conditions, he or she may submit a recommendation for your licensing to the Department of Public Health. If you qualify, you may receive a Low THC Oil Registry Card in the mail.
Conditions qualifying for medical marijuana
So how do you know if your condition qualifies for treatment with Low THC Oil? The state of Georgia has a very specific list of qualifying conditions, which include PTSD or severe autism for patients 18 or older, intractable pain, severe peripheral neuropathy, severe AIDS, severe Alzheimer’s, epidermolysis bullosa, severe Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease. For the full list of qualifying conditions, see the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website.