On April 26th, 2015, Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed into law Georgia House Bill 1, also referred to as the Haleigh’s Hope Act, effectively signing medical cannabis into the lawbooks. The law also instated the Low THC Oil program, which protects medical cannabis patients from prosecution if they are found in the possession of cannabis oils containing less than 5% THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.
While this law is not as far-reaching as medical cannabis laws in some other states, it has brought many Georgians immense relief. If you are interested in partaking in the state’s Low THC Oil program and getting a card that allows you to do so, here’s how it can be done.
Which Conditions are Covered by Medical Cannabis Law in Georgia?
First, you need to understand which ailments are permissible under the state’s law. Conditions covered by the medical cannabis law are:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- End-stage cancer
- Epidermolysis Bullosa
- Mitochondrial Disease
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Severe or end-stage Multiple Sclerosis
- Severe or end-stage Parkinson’s Disease
- Severe or end-stage Sickle Cell Disease
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Individuals who are presently in hospice care are also eligible to be covered under the Low THC Oil program.
If any of these conditions apply to you, you are likely a very strong candidate for the program.
What Else is Required of Potential Candidates?
It is not enough to already be dealing with one of the numerous conditions listed above. Candidates for the program must also meet certain guidelines. You are eligible for the card if:
- You are an adult over the age of 18 who is afflicted with one of the above conditions. You must also have been a resident of Georgia for at least 12 full months.
- You are the legal guardian of an adult over age 18 who has one of the above conditions and has been a resident of Georgia for at least one year.
- You are the parent or legal guardian of a child who has one of the conditions listed above. You may also qualify if you are seeking the card for a child born in Georgia who is under one year of age.
How Does One Obtain the Low THC Oil Program Card?
To be a participant in the medical cannabis industry in Georgia, one must first possess a Low THC Oil Program card. The individual’s physician will determine their eligibility and submit two forms for review. One form is a waiver form bearing the signature of the physician and their patient. The second is a physician certification form.
Once the forms have been reviewed and approved, a representative from Georgia’s Department of Public Health’s Vital Records Department will contact the individual and inform them of where to pick up their card.
There is a $25 fee per card, which may be paid upon picking up the card itself.