By: Laura Trejo, Spring 2019 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern
Since 2015, registered patients in the state of Georgia have been able to use medical marijuana oil to treat certain health conditions. However, until recently, it was illegal to buy, sell, or transport the oil within the state, forcing many patients to cross state lines to obtain medical marijuana oil, breaking numerous laws in the process. On April 17, 2019, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 324 into law, allowing qualified individuals to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil.
The new law allows qualified individuals to apply for a Low THC Oil Registry Card, which allows them to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil without fear of criminal prosecution. An adult or legal guardian of an adult who has one or more diseases specified in the law and who is a resident of Georgia is eligible for a Low THC Registry Card. Additionally, and most relevant to the clients of the HeLP Clinic, the parent or legal guardian of a minor child who has one or more of the diseases specified in the law and who is a resident of Georgia or was born in Georgia is also eligible for a registry card.