Marijuana Related Penalties in Georgia
Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is classed as a misdemeanor and may be punished by a maximum one year jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000 but for a first drug conviction the offender may be placed on probation, successful completion of which will see the proceedings against him discharged.
- Possession of 1oz of marijuana or more is a felony and attracts a jail sentence of between 1 and 10 years
- Cultivation, manufacture or distribution of marijuana is a felony: 1 – 10 years in jail
- The use of any communication facility, such as a telephone or radio during any drug felony may result in 1 to 4 years being added to the jail sentence and a fine of $30,000
Possession, manufacture or distribution of more than 50lbs is classed as trafficking. All trafficking offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences:
- Marijuana amounts greater than 50lbs but less than 2,000lbs: minimum 5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine
- Marijuana amounts from 2,000lbs but less than 10,000lbs: minimum 7 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
- Marijuana amounts of more than 10,000lbs: minimum sentence 15 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine
Distribution or possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of any school, park, playground, recreational center or drug free commercial zone
- First conviction: up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000
- Second conviction: 5 – 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000
- First conviction of a drug offense: driver’s license suspended for minimum six months; reinstated only upon completion of a drug use program
- Second conviction of a drug offense: driver’s license suspended for minimum of one year
- Third conviction: driver’s license suspended for minimum of two years
- Professional licenses can also be suspended upon a drug conviction
Medical Marijuana Alliance of Georgia
The Georgia Compassionate Health Care Act is a draft document put together by the Medical Marijuana Alliance of Georgia MMAG. As the documented was last updated in July of this year, it seems that the MMAG is a ‘living’ organization that may be worthy of the attention of pro-medical marijuana Georgia citizens.
The Organizations stated goals are to:
- Write legislation for the enactment of Medical Marijuana in Georgia.
- Introduce the legislation into the Georgia Legislature.
- Lobby for the passage of the legislation.
- Build of a large membership of Georgia residents who want the passage of the legislation.
- Provide educational materials on Medical Marijuana.
- Use all forums to promote the Alliance and its goals.
- Have fun and meet some interesting and entertaining people