Georgia laws are strict when it comes to marijuana, and possession of hash or marijuana oils could result in criminal charges.
More and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical use. A few have gone so far as to make it legal for recreational use, as well. However, Georgia has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to marijuana. While CBD oils are legal without a doctor’s prescription, you could find yourself being charged with a drug crime for using marijuana and hash oils or edibles.
The Difference Between Legal CBD and Marijuana or Hash Oils
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that cannabidiol, known as CBD, is enjoying widespread popularity among people throughout the state. It is available in the form of creams, capsules, and droplets which are used to treat chronic pain, stress, and a variety of other conditions. Legal CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which is a form of cannabis. However, it is not the same as marijuana and has only a very low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient that produces a ‘high’ among users.
In Georgia, you can legally purchase CBD products containing less than .03% THC. While advocates claim it can help relieve swelling and inflammation, reduce headaches or seizures, and improve appetite for those suffering from cancer and other deadly diseases, scientific evidence is inconclusive. There is a growing body of research that indicates higher levels of THC, which can be found in marijuana or hash oil and THC infused edibles such as brownies, cookies, and lollipops, is an effective form of treatment. The state has approved these products through its medical marijuana program, but in order to purchase them, you must have a prescription from your doctor.
Is the CBD Product You are Using Legal?
The Georgia Department of Health advises that current medical marijuana laws allow a prescription holder to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil. Developed from the seeds, flowers, and stems of the marijuana plant, it is often referred to as marijuana or hash oil and has a THC level of .05%.
One of the problems with over-the-counter CBD is that these oils, which are legal and do not require a referral from your doctor, is that they often appear as virtually the same as illegal THC oil. If you purchase products out of state, online, or from a disreputable vendor, you could find yourself facing criminal charges if you are stopped by law enforcement officers and they are found in your possession.
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