"Haleigh's Hope Act"
Effective as of April 16, 2015, "Haleigh's Hope Act" makes it legal for people in Georgia who suffer from cancer, Crohn's disease, Lou Gehrig's (ALS) disease, mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders and sickle cell disease, or if they are involved in an authorized clinical trial, to possess up to 20 ounces of low THC (tetrahydrcannabinol) cannabis oil with the approval of a treating physician and upon issuance of a registry card from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Act also establishes the "Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis" which is charged with the duty of making comprehensive recommendations regarding the regulation of medical cannabis within the state. Georgia law does address distribution or cultivation of medical marijuana in the state. The commission is charged with making recommendations for that process and will present them by December 2015.
In order to lawfully possess medical cannabis oil in Georgia, the following statutory conditions must be met:
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the basic steps to obtaining a card are as follows:
A Low THC Oil Registry card costs $25 – the standard fee for obtaining a vital record in Georgia – and will be valid for two years from the date issued. After that time, cardholders will need to again consult with their physician about their continued eligibility and to request that they update and confirm their information into the registry.
Visit http://dph.georgia.gov/low-thc-oil-registry for more information, or call our office for further guidance.
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