Medical marijuana in Georgia is legal to have, but illegal to get


For Robert Bowles, a retired pharmacist with Lewy body dementia, placing an order at a fast-food restaurant can quickly dissolve into a fit of frustration. He struggles with anxiety and depression.

Often, he loses his train of thought. “I feel like I’m in a closet and don’t see a way out,” says Bowles, who is 71 and lives in Thomaston, Ga. Sometimes, says wife Judy Bowles, he “can just completely shut down.”

A little more than two years ago, Bowles met with his doctor and was approved to use medical marijuana to alleviate his symptoms. He registered with the state and obtained a special card from the Georgia Department of Health.

The problem is, there’s no way for him to legally acquire the medical marijuana in Georgia. It’s against the law to grow medical marijuana. You can’t legally buy it, sell it or bring the drug into Georgia from another state.

That makes Bowles’ official “Low THC Oil Registry Card” – which he keeps locked in a safe at home – essentially useless. So he’s still waiting to use medical marijuana for the first time. [Read more at Atlanta Journal-Constitution]