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Georgia Hemp Law

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Hemp farming is legal in Georgia

No hemp was grown last year in Georgia On this page you will find Georgia hemp law along with a history of how Georgia hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years. We also provide links to important information concerning Georgia hemp programs and state agency advisories or opinion letters. Our goal is to keep the public, media and policy makers informed on each states status concerning hemp law and policy.

Georgia Hemp Resources

Georgia Department of Agriculture – Industrial Hemp Licensing

Recent News

First legal Georgia hemp fields show crop’s promise

This is where Georgia’s future hemp crop begins: in a pungent field at the University of Georgia, where several.

Gov. Kemp signs Georgia hemp bill into law

On May 10, 2019 Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill legalizing hemp production in Georgia. The bill signing took.

Georgia Republicans Move to OK CBD, Hemp

ATLANTA (CN) – Republican lawmakers in Georgia are gunning to pass legislation legalizing the distribution of cannabis oil and.

Georgia Hemp Law & Legislation

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to agriculture, so as to enact the “Georgia Hemp Farming Act”; to provide for unlawfulness of certain acts; to authorize certain academic research of hemp; to provide for licensing and permit requirements for hemp growers and hemp processors, respectively; to provide for the Department of Agriculture to enter into agreements regarding such testing and other matters;to amend Part 1 of Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to schedules, offenses, and penalties regarding regulation of controlled substances, so as to revise the definition of the term “marijuana”; to provide an exception to the scheduling of tetrahydrocannabinol and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid as controlled substances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Position: Opposed due to excessive processor and grower fees and for authorizing law enforcement as primary enforcement inspectors

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Kemp on May 10, 2019

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to agriculture, so as to enact the “Georgia Hemp Farming Act”; to provide for unlawfulness of certain acts; to authorize certain academic research of hemp; to provide for licensing and permit requirements for hemp growers and hemp processors, respectively; to provide for the Department of Agriculture to enter into agreements regarding such testing and other matters;to amend Part 1 of Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to schedules, offenses, and penalties regarding regulation of controlled substances, so as to revise the definition of the term “marijuana”; to provide an exception to the scheduling of tetrahydrocannabinol and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid as controlled substances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Creates an Industrial Hemp Commission; to provide for membership of such commission; to provide for the establishment of a research program in cooperation with state universities; to provide for authority of the commission to seek certain permits or waivers from the federal government; to provide the commission with authority to issue licenses to cultivate industrial hemp for research and commercial purposes; to provide for compliance with certain prerequisites for issuance of such license.

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to agriculture, so as to provide for industrial hemp cultivation; to provide for definitions; to provide for procedures, conditions, and limitations; to amend Chapter 12 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to offenses against public health and morals, so as to provide for the possession of industrial hemp under certain circumstances; to provide for definitions; to provide for penalties; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

On this page you will find Georgia hemp law along with a history of how Georgia hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years.

Georgia Marijuana Laws

Created byВ FindLaw’s team of legal writers and editors | Last updated July 15, 2020

Last Updated 11/1/2019

State marijuana laws vary quite a bit from one another, and change quite frequently. While Georgia traditionally has had quite strict laws regarding the use of cannabis, the Peach State allows the very limited use of the herb. House Bill 1, also known as the “Haleigh’s Hope Act,” permits eligible patients to possess cannabis oil with a low percentage of THC (which produces the “high”). This is subject to change, as this area of law and regulation continues to evolve.

Here’s a look at the current state of Georgia marijuana laws.

Marijuana Under Georgia Law

The possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana is illegal in most states, although a few states tightly regulate its recreational use (with varying approaches to retail sales and home cultivation). However, roughly half of all states allow the medicinal use of cannabis. Georgia marijuana laws are relatively strict, but many counties in the state offer alternative sentencing programs for offenders, which offer treatment in lieu of jail time. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana is a felony in Georgia, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.

The city of Savannah decriminalized the possession of marijuana, effective July 1, 2018. This means that first-time offenders will be issued an infraction (like a speeding ticket) instead of jail, with a maximum fine of $150. Those unable to pay may perform community service instead.

Georgia Marijuana Statutes

Understanding what law applies and what the law says is often key in answering a legal question. However, when you’re not paid by the hour to sift through legalese, it helps to have a helpful explanation of the law up front. The following chart provides key information pertaining to Georgia’s marijuana laws.

Section 16-13-30, et seq.

Possession Penalties

Sale or Trafficking Penalties

Medical Marijuana

Eligible patients may possess up to 20 ounces of low-THC (high-CBD) cannabis oil; possession of the whole plant is not allowed, nor is cultivation. Although low-TCH cannabis oil is legal in the state, it is not clear how it should be obtained.

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Despite what another state’s marijuana laws says, marijuana possession and sale remains illegal under a federal law known as the Controlled Substance Act. Federal law always trumps if there is a conflict between state and federal law. While federal law enforcement agencies have not interfered with most states’ handling of certain marijuana cases, the federal government still has the authority to enforce restrictions on everything from the manufacturing and cultivation to the trafficking and distribution, as well as the possession of marijuana. You can also access more general information in FindLaw’s drug charges section.

Facing Marijuana Charges in Georgia? Get an Attorney’s Help Today

Every state handles drug laws differently and enforcement of a drug case can vary depending on your specific circumstances and location. With the fluctuating state of marijuana laws, both in Georgia and in other jurisdictions, it’s wise to seek legal counsel if you’ve been arrested for a marijuana-related crime. Start the process today by getting in touch with a Georgia drug crimes attorney.

Chart providing details of Georgia Marijuana Laws. Check this out and more at FindLaw's Georgia Criminal Laws section.