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 โ€“ 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

Other Penalties

  • 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.ย  As the documented was last updated in July of this year, it seems that the MMAG is a โ€˜livingโ€™ 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


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  • Klaus Marshall says:

    the 2018 GA. legislature has passed a bill that will add PTSD as a qualifying condition for low THC oil. Just waiting for Governor to sign. Question I have is as a combat veteran, the VA has diagnosed me as suffering from PTSD. I have this in my medical review board findings. Can I use this documentation or do I need to seek a civilian Dr.? My VA Dr’s will not discuss the subject with me.

  • Trippy Mack says:

    really to me mary jane being illegal just doesnt make sense when people are driving around drunk, getting into accidents creating deaths when marijuana just simply gets you high with no recorded death except with the involvement of criminal activity, but its not even a high to where you cant function properly it actually brings less negativity unlike alcohol, but they know that its the whole reason for making it illegal. They want us to get drunk off alcohol and be stupid fight one another and get each other killed, they want us to illegally smoke weed so they can throw us in prison. I hate how things like this just doesnt make sense like I know we all grew up with some type of common sense am I really hurting anybody smoking weed? not just GA but the whole united states needs to fully legalize weed its better than smoking tobacco products that put a whole in your throat.

  • Juan says:

    The time for making use of this multi purpose harmless plant is far overdo. It is also most beneficial in keeping mentally ill people from the more deppressing effects of their illness. It would reduce suicide’s. It is an anti pain drug that works better on some type’s of pain than others but worth the reduction in nerve pain. Since now they’ve Demonized all effective meds. for chronic pain, and made it nearly to impossible to get any releif from a doctor, heroin sales and deaths will rise. Marijuana treats so many things including calming down more aggessive and dangerously psychotic people. It also is helpful with the shaking and twitching associated with anti-psychotic drugs. It can help addicts to harder drugs better deal with getting clean. And no matter what they say, everybody does it almost openly in public anyway. It’s way too expensive for anything medical grade, which is less dopey and more clear. I say everybody plant it along the highways in the parks, around every courthouse in the state. Get militant on it people. Shove it in their faces and let see we don’t give a damn what you think is good for us, we know better than you greedy jerks. And let the smoke fill the air.


  • Julio says:

    I will be the first to open a dispenserie in ga tomorrow. At 3 it will all begin

  • Dianne says:

    I think it should be legalized federally. I mean if they legalize it and tax it like they do alcohol or tobacco the taxes would pull them out of their national debt in under 8 yrs.

  • Bob says:

    Everyone who has posted or even reads the posts should get a copy of “Son of Liberty- NO APOLOGY” by Marvin H. Clark, Jr. It is very informative and provides insight into what is the current state of our mutual government. Our government is a social contract, and WE OWN IT, not the other way around.

    Write your state representatives and provide them with your petitions to legally provide for yourself. You are all brave people for even posting on this site. Band together, and organize on the local level. This has to start at the “Grass Roots” level and will need thousands of names of citizens for this to become legal in the state of Georgia. Calling all patriots-do your homework and take back your government!

    • Kathie says:

      Hi Bob,

      That was a very possitive post this is what our world needs. I agree we need to take control as constituents.

    • OCDsufferer says:

      Does anyone have such A petition already typed up? Perhaps giving or rights to self medicate constitutionally or otherwise? I have suffered from OCD for 25+ years and MMJ has changed my life. I would like to help.

    • tomthecon2 says:

      where do i get this

    • tony says:

      Hey bob my name is Tony and I would love to be able to talk with you on this matter I am 420 friendly and I like what you have to say and would love to hear more about what you have to say if thats cool with you bro

  • allen says:

    Sorry about the spelling and i left out a word or two. It just pisses me off.

    I truely beleive medical treatment is a god given right, like the pursuit of happiness. Jane Fonda called Ga. a third world country. I thought that was a little harsh. But to deny someone medical treatment is to sound like a third world country. Remind lawmakers they work for us and if they go against our wishes,they will be fired!!

  • allen says:

    It’s okay for the the state goverment to rob from the GA,LOTTO. TO steal our children’s education fund,and reclessly spend us into payers have done our part and it will not stop.They seem to forget while they sit under that gold dome they work for us!You and i have to balance our check books,if they over spend, it should come out of their own pockets.

    How can they sleep at night?

    To have the ability to help someone in cronic pain,,and do nothing. It’s time for Ga, to move out of the dark ages. I would love to see Ga. Lawmakers do something different, DO SOMETHING! Besdes money generated from medical marijuana would give lawmakers to do what they do best. SPEND,BABY SPEND.

  • June says:

    The pain folks go thru shouldn’t be hurt worse by not being able to get relief from a little medical weed. Make it legal!

  • Evan says:

    I am moving to Georgia and have a card in Washington, I was in a serious car accident and had surgery to repair damage to my spinal column and discs, I have to have a fusion done as soon as I can. They gave me 300 oxycodone when I had surgery and thousands more to stop the nerve pain, did not work at all. Screwed me up so bad I now wake up talking in full sentences, I can go on.

    Everything went fine in surgery, but I am in terrible pain the pills ruined my health, oh by the way I was a division one athlete multi sport and academic soooo I am not a pot smoker. If it were not for pot I would have taken my own life! I cannot and will not stop, I am protected federally now so we will see. I would love to see them kick in my door and drag me out for having a couple of oz’s and ten plants, I never even j walked in my life. And now walking is a fight.

    This country is out of control and anyone who has a brain on there shoulders knows exactly what I mean. Our country is going to ruin because of corporate greed and an oversized federal government that has stripped its people of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    We must take it back, no matter what the cost. Are we going to allow our children, our grandchildren be turned into zombie’s by all of these man made drugs. Pharmacutical giants are killing people everywhere, everyday and it is getting worse, much worse than anyone could imagine.

    But do not worry, you cannot grow, smoke or give away a plant. You will not take away our freedom, our God, or our religion no matter what you do to us. Freedom it is that simple.

    • Karl says:

      Glad to see someone else is getting tired of the forced issue of Perscriptions.

      I had a twin brother who committed suicide because a doctor did not have enough time to explain the side effects of what he said was the best way to releave pain and the depression that followed. He left a fantastic wife-son-daughter and grandson-two brothers and two sisters.

      I Ruptured 3 disc and fractured one vertabre 8 years ago and am tired of being told this will work if you can take the side effects.

      I would love to become a grower for medical use. To actually help some of the people who have been sold short by the Doctors and pharmisutical companites and left in a room somewhere.
      A few laughs—-to be able to sleep with out pain.

      Too much to ask of Life-Liberty-and the Pursuit of Happiness?

    • Sushannah says:

      I haven’t tried marijuana for my neuropathy pain, but have been considering it. Since you mentioned that it worked on your nerve pain, this gives me hope. I have been on pharmaceuticals for 14 years now – taking 600 mg Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3 to 6 times a day and 100 mg of Tramadol 3 x daily – plus, I have to take drugs for diabetes – 1500 mg of Metformin and 2.5 mg of Glyburide each day.

      I also take a blood pressure pill – 20 mg of Lisinipril daily. I’m fed up to here with having to take these drugs that are harming my body!! If something as natural as marijuana could fix my problems, I’d be sooo happy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, but then there’s the other problem of legality. ๐Ÿ™

      I just saw a film about how mj cures cancer and other diseases, including DIABETES!! Dr. Mercola sent it out in his newsletter (sign up at and I watched it several times last night. It’s the story of Rick Simpson, a guy who helped people get well by supplying them with black salve made from mj. He even shows how to make the stuff. Rick is currently doing time for his “crime” of compassion!! I am extremely angry with the system here!!!

      I do NOT smoke mj and I’m not interested in getting high, only in curing my diabetes and obtaining relief from the nerve pain in my feet. Before I watched the Rick Simpson Story yesterday, I was against using illegal street drugs like mj. Now, I see it for what it is: just another way for our government to keep us SICK by preventing a cure!!! Oh, the brainwashing they’ve done!!!!!!!

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    • Sherri says:

      First of all, Evan, I feel for your pain. And including everybody’s frustration with not being able to use a “tool” that would make our lives easier.

      I am just 52 years old and shouldn’t be in the state that I am in. I am bipolar with major depression, I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, arthritis of the spine, sciatica, bursa hip, bursa leg and insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

      Some of these things are related to my weight gain from not being able to be active because of my back. I take soma, zanaflex, ultram, oxycodone, requip, vistaril, gabapentin, synthroid, toviaz, DDAVP, along with Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Lamictal, Risperdal, and Klonopin and Losartan/HCTZ, a One-a-day vitamin for women and finally Omega 3D (fish oil w/vitamin D). I feel like a walking drug store.

      I have to put these medications together every night for the next day and it takes about twenty minutes. I am so discouraged. I feel like medical marijuana could release me from so many of the drugs that I am on. Why am I not allowed to even try it?

      People that are healthy don’t understand what we go through. They can say all they want to about marijuana being legalized or not with no comprehension of the people they are hurting when they say no to it being legalized for medical purposes. Everybody hang in there and may our children be more compassionate as they grow up to become the people who have a say on this topic in the future.

      Thank you for letting me vent, Sherri.

    • The speaker of truth says:

      They will kick your door down, and you will be in jail and on the 6 o clock news if you get caught in ga. This is a fact!!!

  • Thomas V says:

    Medical herbs like cannabis shouldn’t be illegal in the first place, injustice of medical specimens has definately occurred over the past century.

  • Thomas says:

    Medical cannabis should be legal in georgia!

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