Senate Bill 16 went into effect on July 1, expanding the number of conditions qualifying for a medical marijuana card. Georgia allows low THC marijuana oil as a treatment option for some conditions. To be allowed to possess and obtain the oil patients must be approved and must obtain a Low THC Oil Registry Card.
The first step is having two sets of forms filled out while under the care of a doctor, according to Rolling Out. The forms must be mailed or delivered to the Georgia Department of Public Health for approval. Only when the application is approved will patients have to pay $25 per card.
Out-of-pocket costs for patients to obtain their medical marijuana registry card may be up to $225, reports say. There are 18 locations statewide where cards can be issued to approved patients. Patients will need to renew their cards every two years.
New qualifying conditions include:
- End-stage ALS
- Seizure disorders
- End-stage multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- End-stage sickle cell
- Adolescent autism
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Epidermolysis bullosa
- End-stage Alzheimer’s disease
- End-stage AIDS
- End-stage peripheral neuropathy
Approved patients may possess up to 20 fl. oz. of low THC marijuana oil. Edibles are not permitted. Patients will still have to obtain their medicine from out-of-state sources. No patient will be approved to use dry marijuana flower, that will still remain a criminal offense in Georgia.