25,000
Registered Patient Population
0.23%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
0
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
N/A
Patients : Retail

Georgia has a very limited medical cannabis program which created a patient ID card registry and established a list of eight qualifying conditions for which patients could legally possess up to 20 ounces of very specific low-THC medical cannabis products. Improvements continue to be made although Georgia's patients remain without an in-state source to the state authorized low-THC and high-CBD cannabis products. Details on how these laws apply to patients and medical professionals can be found below.

Navigating Georgia State Laws:

Patients and Caregivers: Enrolling and Accessing Medical Cannabis

Medical Professionals: Procedures for recommending Medical Cannabis

Policymakers and Advocates: Actions Needed to Improve Laws for Patients

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NOTICE: It can be challenging for patients to determine which businesses offering cannabis products are licensed and approved by the state. Review this list of medical cannabis retailers to find out where to purchase regulated cannabis in Georgia. 

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Here is a breakdown of how Georgia fared in ASA’s Annual State of the States Report, which evaluates the effectiveness of each state cannabis program from a patient perspective and assigns a grade using a rubric that reflects the key issues affecting patient access. Medical cannabis laws are constantly changing, ASA’s policy recommendations for Georgia can be found below. For policy updates sign up here.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 50/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 20/20
Parental Rights Protections 0/20
Employment Protections 0/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 18/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 5/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 0/20
- Authorizes Delivery 0/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 0/10
Personal Cultivation 0/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licensed Retailers 0/30
Reciprocity 13/20
Program Functionality 54/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 16/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 0/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 0/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 20/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 3/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 1/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 4/5
Access to Administration Methods 1/10
- Allows Dried Flower 0/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 1/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 0/5
Affordability 30/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 0/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 0/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 10/10
Health and Social Equity 18/100   
State Program Protections 5/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 8/10
Access in Underserved Areas 0/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 5/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 0/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 0/200   
Cultivation Operations 0/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 0/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 0/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 0/8
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 0/1
- Aflatoxins 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 0/3
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 0/7
Manufacturing Operations 0/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 0/10
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 0/1
- Aflatoxins 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Residual Solvents 0/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 0/5
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 0/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/5
Dispensary Operations 0/50
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Product Testing 0/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 0/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/13
Laboratory Operations 0/50
Independent or Third-Party 0/5
Laboratory Sampling 0/5
Method Validation 0/4
Quality Management Systems 0/5
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Sample Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Result Reporting 0/4
Score Penalties 20/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 0/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 15/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 0/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 5/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2022 State of the States Report.
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