Georgia’s House Bill 1 (Haleigh’s Hope act) was signed into law in 2015 to create the Low Oil THC Registry. Patients and families who are registered with the State program can possess up to 20 ounces of low-THC cannabis oil (<5% THC oil).
Georgia patients who suffer from one or more of the following disorders may be eligible for exemption from prosecution for possessing low THC, CBD-rich medical cannabis oil that contains up to 5% THC.
Qualifying medical conditions include:
- Cancer, when such diagnosis is end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness or recalcitrant nausea and vomiting
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
- Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma-related head injuries
- Multiple sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
- Crohn’s disease
- Mitochondrial disease
- Parkinson’s disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
- Sickle cell disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage
- Tourette's syndrome, when such syndrome is diagnoses as severe
- Autism spectrum disorder, when (a) patient is 18 years of age or more, or (b) patient is less than 18 years of age and diagnosed with severe autism
- Epidermolysis bullosa
- Alzheimer's disease, when such disease is severe or end stage
- AIDS when such syndrome is severe or end stage
- Peripheral neuropathy when symptoms are severe or end stage
- Patient is in hospice program, either as inpatient or outpatient
- Intractable pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from direct exposure to or witnessing of a trauma for a patient who is at least 18 years of age
Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card
Patients and caregivers of patients who believe they may be eligible should consult with their physician about the possibility of obtaining a card. If approved by your physician, the patient or patient’s caregivers’ information will be entered by the physician into the Georgia Department of Health’s (DPH) secure Low Oil THC Registry and a card(s) will be issued.
Cards cost $25 and are valid for two years from the date issued. Two forms comprise the application the physician sends to the state: a waiver form and a physician certification form. Once completed, the physician submits the information electronically to the DPH (the physician will keep the original forms in the medical record, but patients can request a copy). Cards are typically ready for pickup within 15 business days, and patients and caregivers will be notified when the cards are ready. Cards can be picked up from a public health office.