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"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.


Georgia Medical Marijuana Rules


In order to lawfully possess medical cannabis oil in Georgia, the following statutory conditions must be met:


  • The person possessing the medical cannabis oil must be registered with the State of Georgia Department of Public Health and must have a registration card on their person.
  • If the patient is a minor under 18 years of age, the minor's parent or guardian must possess a disignated caregiver card.
  • The patient can possess up to 20 fluid ounces of medical cannabis oil.
  • The medical cannabis oil can contain up to 5% THC and the level of CBD (cannabidiol) cannot exceed the level of THC.
  • The medical cannabis oil must be kept in the original pharmaceutical container and clearly labeled with the amount of THC.


How to Get a Georgia Low THC Oil Registry Card


According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the basic steps to obtaining a card are as follows:


  • Patients and caregivers of patients who believe they may be eligible should consult with their physician about the possibility of obtaining a card allowing them to possess 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil within the state of Georgia.
  • If approved by the physician, the patient or patient’s caregivers’ information will be entered into DPH’s secure “Low THC Oil Registry” and a card(s) will be issued.
  • Patients and caregivers will be notified when the cards are ready for pickup (within 15 business days) from one of several public health offices geographically spread around the state.


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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