Nearly half of the states in the U.S. now have laws on the books that make it legal to possess and cultivate small amounts of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Georgia is not yet one of them. Under no circumstances is it legal for a person in Atlanta or anywhere else in the state to grow marijuana, and in fact is a felony to do so. The minimum penalty for cultivation of cannabis under the Georgia Crimes and Offenses Code depends on the amount of marijuana involved in the crime:
Note that there is a sentence enhancement in cases where the cultivation occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, a park, a housing project or some other type of drug free zone. Similar penalties apply in cases where federal law enforcement agencies are prosecuting for charges of marijuana cultivation.
If you have been charged with cultivation of marijuana, you need to take action now. The penalties you could receive if convicted could have a devastating effect on your future, and you can't afford to take chances with the outcome of your case. Place your trust in the hands of a criminal defense attorney who has 20 years of experience handling cases similar to yours.