2023 Georgia Marijuana Laws FAQ

Does Georgia allow the use of recreational marijuana?

In Georgia, recreational marijuana remains illegal, and its possession or use is subject to strict regulations, with penalties for even minor possession.

What do Georgia’s marijuana penalties entail?

An individual found in possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana (outside of cities where it’s decriminalized) may be charged with a misdemeanor, potentially leading to a 12-month jail sentence, a fine of up to $1,000, and a potential requirement for public works service up to 12 months. Possession of over 1 ounce could result in a felony charge with a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 10 years.

Is medical marijuana permissible in Georgia?

Yes, Georgia permits a restricted medical marijuana program for patients suffering from specified debilitating conditions, with oversight by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Which Georgia cities have decriminalized marijuana?

Several cities, including Atlanta, Macon, Athens, Savannah, Clarkston, Forest Park, Kingsland, Stone Crest, and Tybee Island, have decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Fines for violations can vary between $35 to $300. There are pending bills in the state legislature to legalize marijuana for adult use, possession, and retail sale, but none have been enacted as of now.

Is it legal to order THC-infused edibles in Georgia?

No, THC-infused edibles remain illegal in Georgia due to the state’s classification of THC as a Schedule I drug.

Can you purchase Delta 9 gummies in Georgia?

Yes, the purchase of Delta 9 gummies is legal in Georgia.

Is it legal to smoke Delta 8 in public places in Georgia?

Yes, Delta 8, a legal alternative to marijuana, can be bought and smoked in Georgia. Delta 8 is a cannabinoid with about half the potency of Delta 9.

Can you fail a drug test in Georgia due to Delta 8 and Delta 9?

Yes, consumption of any THC, regardless of its source or form, results in the body metabolizing it into the same THC metabolites. Therefore, any intake of THC can potentially lead to a failed drug test, as these tests are intended to detect THC metabolites rather than the THC itself.

Author: LegalPeak

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