How to get your new Georgia medical marijuana card

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On July 1, 2017, the state of Georgia enacted several new laws; one covered medical marijuana. Senate Bill 16 expanded the medical conditions eligible for treatment with low THC cannabis oil. These new conditions include the following:

  • Cancer
  • ALS, at its end stage
  • Seizure disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis, at its end stage
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s diseasee
  • Sickle Cell, at its end stage
  • Autism for patients 18 or under
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Epidermolysis bullosa, a skin condition
  • Alzheimer’s, at its end stage
  • AIDS, at its end stage
  • Peripheral neuropathy, at its end stage

There are steps that a person must go through in order to be eligible for a “Low THC Oil Registry Card,” which is issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Here are a few things you should know if you want to use medical marijuana in Georgia:

A patient must be under the care of a physician and two sets of forms must be filled out. These forms will be sent to the Georgia Department of Public Health to determine the eligibility of the patient and the prescribing physician. Because many insurance companies will not cover an exam for medical marijuana purposes, the patient may have an out-of-pocket cost of as much as $225.

If the application is approved, the patient will need to pay a fee of $25 per new card at one of 18 public health offices authorized to distribute them. The card will be valid for two years from the date issued and may take up to 15 business days to process and be ready for pickup.

If you obtain a  card, it is legal for you to possess 20 fluid ounces of low THC cannabis oil. However, the new law does not cover how low THC oil is made, purchased or shipped. The sale of any form of marijuana remains a violation of both state and federal law. The law does not allow the sale or possession of marijuana in leaf form or allow retail stores to sell products made from marijuana, such as baked goods, candy or any such items known as edibles.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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