Cannabis and CBD products have become increasingly popular within the last decade. If you live in the United States, it can be hard to keep track of the legality of the drug in different states. One growing metropolitan area is the state of Georgia. How has the Peach State adapted its marijuana laws to match its growing population?
Marijuana is still in a legal gray area in Georgia, but a lot of progress has been made. The current governor, Brian Kemp, has written about the positive impact medical marijuana has made on medical patients. Medical oils and substances are legal in the state of Georgia, so you don’t need to worry about that.
The weird thing about the state is that it is legal for people to possess the drug, but not to buy it. This is in part because of restrictive federal laws. Some steps are being made to allow for cultivation, but it is still up in the air for now.
Hemp is also confusing under Georgia law. Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act states that it does not include hemp or hemp products. Technically, smoking hemp isn't illegal in Georgia. The 2018 Farm Bill protects the growth and commercialization of hemp by those with the appropriate permits.
In other words, as an average person you can possess raw hemp, but you can’t alter it in a way that would indicate you plan on selling it for drugs. Just to be safe, you should acquire the proper permits. That way you won’t get in trouble with the law in any way.
Recreational marijuana is still frowned upon in many ways. For example, edibles are illegal in the state of Georgia because they are not drugs. Laws against edibles were in part put in place to protect minors from accidentally consuming the product. Possession of even one of these brownies (for example) is a felony in the state.
It is especially illegal to sell edibles in the state of Georgia. You can get in a lot of legal trouble and potentially go to jail on “Possession with Intent” charges. If you are moving to Georgia from a state that legally sells these, dispose of them before you move.
Laws are changing constantly in every state in America—especially regarding marijuana. Keep up with the current changes so you can keep yourself legally protected no matter where you are. If you are unhappy with the drug laws in your state, write your representatives to advance the change.
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