Georgia Medical Marijuana Facts

  • The state of Georgia allows the conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for individuals who are facing their first prosecution ever. Usually, a conditional release lets an individual opt for probation rather than going to trail. After an individual has successfully completed probation, their criminal record does not reflect the charge.
  • When an individual is convicted of an offense that is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence time, or to a longer duration of a higher sentence. The state judge does not have the power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum sentence time that has been already set in place by the state of Georgia.
  • The state of Georgia has a zero tolerance per se in regards to drugged driving, after initially enacting a law to enforce this issue. In their strictest form, these laws set in place by the Georgia legislature, forbids drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have any detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite in their body fluids.
  • Georgia has a marijuana tax stamp law that has been enacted. This marijuana tax stamp mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. The failure to do so will result in that individual receiving a fine or criminal sanction.
  • Marijuana was detected frequently among adult made arrestees in Atlanta, Georgia and in 2000, approximately forty percent of adult male arrests tested positive for marijuana abuse in that city. Marijuana is also the most widely available illicit drug in the state of Georgia.