Low THC Oil Information for Law Enforcement

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OCGA §31-2A-18 authorizes the Georgia Department of Public Health to legally issue a Low THC Oil card to certified patients and their caregivers. Law Enforcement can verify card status by contacting the Georgia Low THC Oil Program. For more information, click the FAQs below.

FAQs for Law Enforcement

  • What is OCGA §31-2A-18?

    According to OCGA §31-2A-18, the Low THC Oil Registry allows physicians fully licensed to practice in Georgia to certify and manage patients who have a qualifying condition to obtain Low THC Oil legally. ​Physician certification is the only way patients can access Low THC Oil in the state. The law allows certified patients to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of Low THC Oil. It also authorizes the Georgia Department of Public Health to issue a Low THC Oil card to certified persons, which will prove that they are authorized to possess the oil and protect them from arrest.

  • How does the law compare to laws in other states which have adopted medical marijuana?

    Georgia’s law is much more limited than some other states’ medical marijuana laws. For example, it does not legalize the sale or possession of marijuana in leaf form. It does not authorize the production or sale of food products infused with Low THC Oil or the ingestion of Low THC Oil through vapor. It does not authorize physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical use. It is intended solely to protect certified persons from criminal prosecution for possessing Low THC Oil for medicinal purposes.

  • Does the law allow Georgians to possess other forms of marijuana?

    No. The law does not legalize the possession of any types of marijuana in Georgia except 20 fluid ounces of Low THC Oil for persons with a valid Low THC Oil card. Under O.C.G.A. § 16-12-200, businesses licensed by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (GMCC) may grow marijuana for the purposes of manufacturing Low THC Oil and dispensing of Low THC Oil and products in Georgia. Possession of any other form of marijuana remains a violation of state and federal law.

  • Does the law authorize the sale of Low THC Oil in Georgia?

    Under O.C.G.A. § 16-12-200, the GMCC, which is administratively assigned to the Secretary of State’s Office, will oversee the growing, manufacturing, and dispensing of Low THC Oil and products in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health does not prescribe or dispense Low THC Oil.

  • What does Low THC Oil look like?

    Low THC Oil packaging may vary in appearance. However, the law requires that the Low THC Oil be in a pharmaceutical container labeled by the manufacturer  indicating the percentage of THC therein, be less than 5 percent THC by weight, and that the amount of oil in the container – or containers – not exceed 20 fluid ounces total.

  • What do you do if a card is expired?

    The Low THC Oil card is valid for two years from the date a physician certifies a patient or caregiver in the Low THC Oil Registry.  The expiration date is found on the front of the card. If you believe a card has expired, please call 1-866-PUB-HLTH to verify that the card is no longer valid.



Page last updated 5/29/2024