Georgia

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical CBD
Tax Stamps
Drugged Driving

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
Possession
Personal Use
1 oz or less Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
More than 1 oz Felony 1* - 10 years $ 5,000
With intent to distribute
10 lbs or less Felony 1* - 10 years $ 5,000
10 - 2000 lbs Felony 5* - 30 years $ 100,000
2000 - 10,000 lbs Felony 7* - 30 years $ 250,000
More than 10,000 lbs Felony 15* - 30 years $ 1,000,000
Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone Felony 5* - 40 years $ 40,000
*Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Sale or Delivery
10 lbs or less Felony 1* - 10 years $ 5,000
10 - 2000 lbs Felony 5* - 30 years $ 100,000
2000 - 10,000 lbs Felony 7* - 30 years $ 250,000
More than 10,000 lbs Felony 15* - 30 years $ 1,000,000
Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone Felony 5* - 40 years $ 40,000
*Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Cultivation
10 lbs or less Felony 1* - 10 years $ 5,000
10 - 2000 lbs Felony 5* - 30 years $ 100,000
2000 - 10,000 lbs Felony 7* - 30 years $ 250,000
More than 10,000 lbs Felony 15* - 30 years $ 1,000,000
Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone Felony 5* - 40 years $ 40,000
*Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of less than 1 g (solid substance) or less than 1 ml (liquid substance) Felony 1* - 3 years $ 5,000
Possession of 1 g less than 4 g (solid substance) or 1 ml - less than 4 ml (liquid substance) Felony 1* - 8 years $ 5,000
Possession Felony 1* - 15 years $ 5,000
Manufacturing, distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute Felony 5* - 30 years $ 5,000
*Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Subsequent offenses carry stricter penalties.
Paraphernalia
Possession or sale of paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Second and third offenses carry additional penalties and fines.
Forfeiture
Vehicles and other property may be seized.
Miscellaneous
Abandoning marijuana in a public place Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Involving a minor Felony 5 - 20 years $ 20,000
Distribution of marijuana flavored product Misdemeanor N/A $ 500
Use of any communications facility Felony 1 - 4 years $ 30,000
Any conviction of a marijuana possession, sale, or cultivation offense results in suspension of driving license.

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical CBD

This state has passed a medical CBD law allowing for the use of cannabis extracts that are high in CBD and low in THC for any "medical condition" for which a physician recommends it.

Tax Stamps

This state has a marijuana tax stamp law enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal sanction.