Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws

GEORGIA POSSESSION LAWS

  • Possession for Personal Use: The possession of up to one ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor that has been deemed punishable by up to twelve months of imprisonment and/or paying a fine up to $1,000. The possession of over one ounce of marijuana is a felony that is punishable by a minimum imprisonment of up to one year and maximum of up to ten years.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute: Possession with intent to distribute 10 pounds or less of marijuana is a felony punishable by a minimum of 1 and maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Possession of over 10 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. Possession of 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 7 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Possession of 10,000 pounds or more is punishable by a minimum of 15 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
  • Possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone is a felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $20,000 for a first offense. A second or subsequent offense is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 40 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $40,000. It is an affirmative defense that the conduct took place entirely within a private residence, no one 17 years old or younger was present, and the conduct was not committed for financial gain.

GEORGIA SALES LAWS

  • Sale or delivery of 10 pounds or less of marijuana is a felony punishable by a minimum of 1 and maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Sale or delivery of over 10 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. Sale or delivery of 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 7 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Sale or delivery of 10,000 pounds or more is punishable by a minimum of 15 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
  • Sale or delivery within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone is a felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $20,000 for a first offense. A second or subsequent offense is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 40 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $40,000. It is an affirmative defense that the conduct took place entirely within a private residence, no one 17 years old or younger was present, and the conduct was not committed for financial gain.

GEORGIA CULTIVATION LAWS

  • Cultivation of 10 pounds or less of marijuana is a felony punishable by a minimum of 1 and maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Cultivation of over 10 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. Cultivation of 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum of 7 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Cultivation of 10,000 pounds or more is punishable by a minimum of 15 years and maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

  Max. Fine  

Possession

Personal Use

1 oz. or less

Misdemeanor

1 year

$1,000

More than 1 oz.

Felony

1-10 years

N/A

With Intent To Distribute

10 lbs. or less

Felony

1-10 years

N/A

10 lbs. - 2000 lbs.

Felony

5 - 30 years

$100,000

2000 lbs. - 10,000 lbs.

Felony

7 - 30 years

$250,000

More than 10,000 lbs.

Felony

15 - 30 years

$1,000,000

Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone.

Felony

20-40 years

$40,000

Sale or Delivery

10 lbs. or less

Felony

1-10 years

N/A

10 lbs. - 2000 lbs.

Felony

5 - 30 years

$100,000

2000 lbs. - 10,000 lbs.

Felony

7 - 30 years

$250,000

More than 10,000 lbs.

Felony

15 - 30 years

$1,000,000

Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone.

Felony

20-40 years

$40,000

Cultivation

10 lbs. or less

Felony

1-10 years

N/A

10 lbs. - 2000 lbs.

Felony

5 - 30 years

$100,000

2000 lbs. - 10,000 lbs.

Felony

7 - 30 years

$250,000

More than 10,000 lbs.

Felony

15 - 30 years

$1,000,000

Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone.

Felony

20-40 years

$40,000

Hash & Concentrates

Possession

Felony

1-15 years

N/A

Manufacturing, distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute.

Felony

5 - 30 years

N/A

Subsequent offenses carry stricter penalties.

Paraphernalia

Possession or sale of paraphernalia

Misdemeanor

1 year

$1,000

Second and third offenses carry additional penalties and fines.

Miscellaneous

Abandoning marijuana in a public place.

Misdemeanor

1 year

$1,000

Involving a minor.

Felony

5 - 20 years

$20,000

Distribution of marijuana flavored product.

Misdemeanor

N/A

$500

Use of any communications facility     

Felony

1-4 years

$30,000

Any conviction of a marijuana possession, sale, or cultivation offense results in suspension of driving license.