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Why Hasn't Georgia's State Legislature Legalized Recreational Weed Yet?

Common Weed Law Information In Georgia

Georgia is a conservative state, with officials and law enforcement following a zero-tolerance attitude about marijuana use. The laws distinguish between marijuana for recreational use and marijuana for medical purposes. While there are some exceptions to this rule (like cancer patients), the state does allow the cultivation of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes. Still, you must get approval from the Georgia Department of Public Health first. If you are caught in possession of less than an ounce, you will be charged with a misdemeanor on your first offense and can face up to 12 months in jail if convicted.

Why Hasn't Georgia Legalized Recreational Weed Yet?

In Georgia, the laws are stringent. Even though many states have legalized recreational marijuana use, Georgia has not. The state has a zero-tolerance attitude toward recreational cannabis use and actively enforces these policies.

Georgia's laws are stringent when it comes to the possession of any amount of marijuana. If you are caught with even a small amount of marijuana on your person or in your home, you could face severe criminal penalties, including fines and jail time—even if this is your first offense! Sometimes, a conviction for minor possession charges can result in mandatory jail time for first-time offenders. If you're convicted of possessing over one ounce (28 grams) or up to two ounces (56 grams) but less than 30 grams of cannabis in Georgia, then this is considered a misdemeanor charge and can carry severe penalties such as fines up to $1 000 USD plus court costs; possible probation; community service hours; substance abuse treatment programs; drug education courses; mandatory drug testing requirements by order from law enforcement officials; suspended driver's license for specific lengths of time depending on whether other offenses were charged along with possession charges (see below).


Georgia is a conservative state!

Georgia is a conservative state, and it's not surprising that officials and law enforcement follow a zero-tolerance attitude about marijuana use. That said, there are indications of changing attitudes toward cannabis among Georgians.

For example, polls show that more than 60 percent of people in Georgia favor legalizing medical marijuana. Furthermore, an increasing number of Georgians support full legalization for recreational use as well; in fact, one poll found that 51 percent were in favor of making it legal for adults 21 years or older to buy pot from licensed businesses (compared with 45 percent who were opposed).

The laws distinguish between recreational use and medical purposes.

In Georgia, recreational use of cannabis is illegal. Medical marijuana in the state is legal for those with a qualifying condition, but it's still classified as a controlled substance by federal law. The laws don't distinguish between marijuana used for medical purposes and recreationally; both are illegal to possess or distribute.

In 2018, two bills were introduced to legalize recreational weed: one proposed a constitutional amendment allowing citizens over 21 years old to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from licensed businesses every 30 days; another would've allowed anyone over 21 years old (including minors) to possess up to an ounce at once without penalty or restriction. Neither bill made it out of committee; there's no indication that these issues will be brought back in 2022.

You Can't Even Grow Your Weed In Georgia Legally

The state does allow the cultivation of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes, but you must get approval from the Georgia Department of Public Health first. The Georgia Department of Public Health regulates the cultivation, processing, and distribution of medical marijuana in Georgia.

You can apply to grow marijuana if you’re a licensed physician or pharmacist with a valid D.E.A. number who practices in Georgia and meets all other requirements under §16-13-29b(c), O.C.G.A.; OR if F.D.A. has issued you an investigational new drug (IND) permit to possess live plants containing T.H.C. on federal property; OR if you are a patient enrolled in an FDA-approved clinical trial involving cannabis that F.D.A. has approved for possession on federal property.

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If you are caught in possession of less than an ounce, you will be charged!!!

If you are caught in possession of less than an ounce, you will be charged with a misdemeanor on your first offense and can face up to 12 months in jail if convicted.

If you are caught with more than an ounce but less than two ounces (or three plants) or if this is your second offense, the crime is still a misdemeanor, but the potential for jail time increases to one year.

The third offense is considered a felony and carries a sentence of at least one year in prison.

Unfortunately, Georgia's laws make it difficult for medical marijuana patients to get legal access because they don't allow medical cannabis dispensaries or home cultivation by patients who live far away from such facilities.

The recreational use of cannabis has been legalized in 19 other states

In 2019, 19 states legalized the recreational use of marijuana. These include Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon, along with D.C., Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Another 12 states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of bud— which means you won't get arrested if caught with it but can be fined for carrying it in your car or possessing more than an ounce on your person — including Illinois (the only state among its neighbors to do so), Connecticut and New Hampshire as well as New York City (where it's illegal to smoke in public). The U.S. Virgin Islands also passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana last year.

In addition to these jurisdictions where you can legally buy weed recreationally or carry up to one ounce at a time without facing criminal prosecution under state law (and some places where either option is illegal), several others allow registered patients or their caregivers to purchase specific amounts from licensed dispensaries; others allow limited home cultivation in protected areas such as locked closets or rooms within homes where minors aren't allowed access; while still others let them grow their plants outdoors so long as they don't exceed specific plant counts per household depending on whether they're growing outdoors versus indoors."

There are currently seven states that have legislation pending to legalize weed

Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia, while three states have pending legislation on the legislative proposal - Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York.

You may have heard that recreational weed is legal in some places. But you might be wondering why it's not legal everywhere. Here are a few things to know about Georgia and the legalization of marijuana in general:

· Georgia has decriminalized recreational marijuana. This means that anyone caught with less than an ounce of them will pay a fine instead of jailing. That's important because it means that if you're caught with an ounce or less, you won't be arrested and put into a cell for two years just because you were smoking some weed at home by yourself one night after work (and your friends all thought it was funny).

· Georgia hasn't yet legalized medical marijuana, but it has decriminalized marijuana possession as well - so don't worry if someone nearby decides they want to try smoking their own medicine!

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