Georgia Medical Marijuana Qualifications

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Georgia

On March 21st, 2014, the effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Georgia dwindled away despite votes favoring the move in both legislative chambers. Unfortunately, the General Assembly adjourned for the 2014 session with the House and Senate stalemated over the move to tie the medical marijuana bill to outside issues pertaining to coverage of children's autism. On the very last day of the current legislative session, the Georgia Senate approved – by way of a 54-0 margin – House Bill 885, or a measure relating to the use of cannabis for treatment of cancer, glaucoma and the continuing research of the benefits of medical cannabis in treating a multitude of conditions. 

While the bill did legalize some forms of marijuana for therapeutic uses, it also added provisions requiring insurance coverage for treatment of autism in children. Senators impassively stated that the bill wouldn't pass the House with the autism provision because it's seen as increasing the cost of health insurance for small businesses.


  1. Prospective patients that are looking to qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Georgia must first be recognized by authorities as an official resident of the state. Individuals are required to provide a valid proof of residency by way of a valid Georgia identification card.
  2. It is urged that patients be prepared to obtain a copy of their previous medical records, or documents from a physician that has documented your medical diagnosis. These medical are imperative in order to determine if your diagnosis correlates with a qualifying condition that has been outlined by the state of Georgia. If you wish to learn how to request your medical records, please see our patient FAQ.
  3. Patients must also be able to obtain written documentation from a licensed medical practitioner licensed in the state of Georgia in order to solidify that the patient’s diagnosis will be relieved from the therapeutic use of cannabis.
  4. You must apply for and receive a medical marijuana card from the state of Kentucky upon filing and submitting appropriate documentation.


Any patient seeking to qualify for medical marijuana must possess a chronic or debilitating medical diagnosis that greatly degrades their overall quality of life, or a condition that has medical records clearly specifying an underlying condition that can be reviewed by a cannabis-recommending physician. This condition must also be approved under the State of Georgia’s regulated guidelines.

The patient must be under a licensed medical practitioner's care for any previously determined conditions. Additionally, in the medical practitioner's professional opinion, the patient will be most likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the primary or adjunctive treatment of cannabis.