Medical Marijuana in Alabama
Alabama joined the medical marijuana industry in 2014, when their state legislature passed SB 174, also known as “Carly’s Law.” Under this law, to become a medical marijuana patient, an Alabama citizen was required to participate in a University of Alabama clinical trial. Unfortunately, this law had too many limits to its use as it only allowed patients to obtain legal CBD after a diagnosis of a “debilitating epileptic condition.”
2016 was a big year for Alabama’s further entrance into the medical cannabis field. HB 61, or “Leni’s Law” was enacted, which removed the University of Alabama program requirement set forth in SB 174, and further extended affirmative defense language to various conditions. Additionally, Alabama legislators approved SB 347 – The Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Act – which officially defined hemp as containing no more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and further integrated hemp into the state’s controlled substances law. By 2019, the state of Alabama began accepting hemp cultivation applications, paving a way for cultivators to begin producing their first legal hemp crops.
On May 17, 2021, Alabama Governor signed into law SB 46 after it was overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama legislature – making Alabama the 36th state with full access to medical cannabis! SB 46 further formed the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (“AMCC”) to create regulations and oversee the application process for Medical Marijuana Businesses.
With the cannabis industry beginning to bloom in the state of Alabama, NOW is the time to meet with an expert to become one of the first in such a growing industry in the state!
Autism; Cancer-related weight loss or chronic pain; Crohn’s; Depression, epilepsy or condition causing seizures; HIV/AIDS-related nausea or weight loss; Panic disorder; Parkinson’s; Persistent nausea not related to pregnancy; PTSD; Sickle Cell; Spasticity associated with diseases including ALS, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries; Terminal illnesses; Tourette’s; Chronic pain for which conventional therapies and opiates should not be used or are ineffective
Authorized Forms of Medicinal Marijuana in Alabama
Oral tablets or tinctures; Gelatinous cubes or lozenges; Gels, oils, creams or other topical forms; Transdermal patches; liquid or oils for inhalers; or Suppositories.
Upcoming Applications for Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
The AMCC set forth that Cultivation and Manufacturing Medical Marijuana Business License Applications will begin on September 1, 2022.
A person may apply to the AMCC for a vertically-integrated facility OR for a license as a cultivator, processor, secure transporter, state testing laboratory, or dispensary.
Alabama regulators have established the following caps on Medical Marijuana Business Licenses – already establishing a competitive field in the state of Alabama:
- 5 vertically integrated marijuana companies that can grow, manufacture, transport and operate 5 retail stores.
- 12 growers.
- 4 processors.
- 4 dispensaries, with the option to open 3 locations in different counties. (That would bring the total possible dispensaries to 37)
If you are interested in becoming one of the 1st licensees of the Alabama medical marijuana industry, now is the time to get started with your business plan! We will update the site once the application process opens up. If you are interested in acquiring a Alabama Medical Marijuana Business License, then schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options.