As of April 2015, certain qualifying adults and children who live in Georgia were granted the right to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of cannabis-based oil with 5% or less THC content. This began the Low THC Oil Program, which grants individuals a card to carry that protects them from arrest if they are found to possess oils that are protected by the program.
Though the law was enacted nearly four years ago, there still remains some mystery shrouding the subject. In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the state’s restrictive medical cannabis program.
How Does the Low THC Oil Program Compare to Other State Programs?
When compared to the medical cannabis programs enacted in other states, Georgia’s Low THC Oil Program is rather short-reaching. It does not allow for the use of other medical cannabis-based products such as flowers or edibles and has a far lower percentage of THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) than other states have previously or currently allowed.
The law also does not allow doctors to make recommendations for medical cannabis, nor does it allow establishments to sell the oils within Georgia. The function of the law is only to protect those possessing the oils from prosecution and arrest.
Who Qualifies for the Low THC Oil Program?
Adults and parents/legal guardians of others (both adults and children) may qualify for the program if the relevant individual has one of the conditions covered by the program. These conditions range from autism to end-stage cancer. If the patient suffers from one or more of the covered conditions and have lived in Georgia for at least one year, they may qualify for the program.
What Happens if More than One Caretaker is Trying to Get Coverage Under the Program?
If more than one person is caring for a child or adult dependent, all individuals may register for the card.
How Much Does It Cost to Obtain the Program Card?
Each card carries a $25 fee, due at the time of pick-up.
What Must be Done to Obtain the Program Card?
The patient’s physician will submit two forms to the state’s Department of Health’s Vital Records Department. The first form is a waiver, signed by both the physician and their patient. The second is a certification form, signed by the physician.
How Do I Obtain the Card When Approved?
If the individual is approved for the card, they will be contacted by a state official. This official will then tell them the most convenient location for them to pick up their Low THC Oil Program card.