Marijuana is experiencing a sort of cultural Renaissance. Not so long ago, people thought of this popular drug as the intoxicant of choice of burnouts and hippies. These days, however, you can see it dominating television shows, featured in action movies and enjoying newfound acceptance in pop culture in general.
It would be understandable for people in Georgia to believe that this change in attitude has resulted in relaxed laws, but that would be a mistake. The prohibition of marijuana is still in full force in the state of Georgia, and any violation of state laws regarding marijuana could result in serious criminal penalties. Educating yourself about state laws is critical to keeping yourself, and your family, safe.
Even possession can carry some serious consequences
Some people think that if they don't grow their own marijuana or try selling it to their friends, they aren't really breaking the law. However, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance both in the state of Georgia and on a federal level. Even having it in your possession is a crime. Depending on how much you have when you get caught, you could face either misdemeanor or, potentially, felony charges just for possession.
Possession of 1 oz. or less with the intention of personal use only is a misdemeanor offense that carries up to a year in jail and a fine of as much as $1,000. Possession of more than one ounce is a felony offense that carries between a mandatory minimum of a year in jail and up to 10 years in jail, as well as a fine of $5,000.
Trendy marijuana dabs always mean felony offenses
Lots of people who enjoy marijuana have been switching from smoking the plant to vaporizing concentrated marijuana. This process is known as dabbing, and many people refer to these marijuana extracts as dabs. Dabs offer users benefits, including the fact that they don't smell as strong as the plant usually does.
The increased risk of legal consequences far outweighs the potential benefits associated with marijuana concentrates. In Georgia, possession of any amount of marijuana concentrate is a felony offense. The degree of punishment increases with the overall weight, but you can expect to face felony charges if you get caught with any amount of marijuana concentrate in your possession.
There could be family consequences, as well as legal ones
Even if there is a sound medical reason for you (or someone else in your family) to use marijuana, you could still face criminal charges. Even worse, if you have children, the state could remove them from your care and place them in foster care or a group home.