In the wake of numerous states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, one might assume that Georgia would be in the line-up to join the bandwagon. However, the legalization of pot in our state could be further away than you think.
With the Justice Department's recent rescinding of the Obama-era "hands-off approach" to federal marijuana law enforcement, states that have not already legalized the drug could be less eager to do so.
What's the status of legal pot in Georgia right now?
As it stands, low-THC cannabis oil is legal for an extremely limited list of illnesses. However, the recreational use, a broader medical use, and the ability to grow and manufacture marijuana products in the state continues to be off-limits.
This means that if you procure marijuana to treat your medical condition -- no matter how well intentioned you happen to be -- you will probably be in violation of Georgia law unless it's cannabis oil that you're legally qualified to take. Legal qualifications for cannabis oil involve having one of a limited number of illnesses and/or medical classifications including:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Alzheimer's disease
- Crohn's disease
- Patients in hospice care
- Mitochondrial disease
- Seizure disorder
- Sickle cell disease
- Tourette's syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Severe peripheral neuropathy
Federal government will bring its hands-off approach to an end
According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a dramatic policy shift made by the justice department to end the federal government's hands-off approach to legalized marijuana is intended to herald a "return to the rule of law." This means citizens in states that have already legalized pot could risk getting in trouble with federal authorities if they're caught using the drug.
According to some commentators in Georgia, the decision could delay the potential for legalizing marijuana in the state. Although many believe that the move would represent a considerable step backward, especially in terms of the many medical pot users it would negatively affect.
Don't take the law into your own hands
As tempting as it is to use illegally obtained medical marijuana to treat your medical condition, you will be breaking the law if you choose to do so. If caught, you could face serious criminal charges, and you will need to defend yourself against your alleged marijuana crimes in court.