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alabama marijuana laws
Currently, there is no authorized medical or adult use marijuana program in Alabama. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission convened in September of 2019 and voted in December 2019 to recommend a draft medical marijuana bill. The Legislature created this commission to study whether Alabama should join the other states in legalizing marijuana, after amending a bill that would have simply legalized medical marijuana in its earlier draft. Since marijuana is not considered medicine, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s August 2019 advisory, the state legislature is hesitant to refer to marijuana as “medical marijuana.”
In February 2020, SB165, a bill authorizing medical marijuana passed through a legislative committee in the state senate. The bill would allow for medical consumption through oral pills, transdermal patches, oils, nebulizers, inhalers, suppositories, and gummies. The bill would not allow for smoking or vaping raw plant material, or consumption of infused edible products.
The bill would establish the first Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to regulate patient registration, with a dedicated fund to cover costs, as well as the Medical Cannabis Research Consortium for medical research on cannabis.
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) would regulate the cultivation of medical cannabis.
The ADAI regulates the cultivation and processing of hemp under the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. The registration period for hemp growers, processors, and universities seeking licensure in 2020 is now closed.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission convened in September of 2019 at the State House. The Legislature created this commission to study whether Alabama should join the other states in legalizing marijuana, amending a bill that would have simply legalized medical marijuana in its earlier draft. In February 2020, SB165, a bill authorizing medical marijuana passed through a legislative committee in the state senate.
Feb. 25-25: Mandatory orientation meetings for hemp licenses (note: registration due by Jan. 31, 2020)
Feb. 19, 2020: SB165 passes Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee on 8-1 vote.
Nov. 14, 2019: Latest application period for hemp licenses closes.
December 2019: Alabama Medical Marijuana Commission votes to recommend medical marijuana program.
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Application period for industrial hemp closed on Nov. 14, 2019.
Application Fees/Start up costs
$1000 per site fee
Available License Types
There are no licenses available at this time.
Previous License Types
Researchers from Auburn University estimate that there will be up to 600 licensed hemp growers in 2020. As of February 2020, there are 157 licensed growers along with five universities, and 10,000 acres approved for cultivation, though researchers estimate that only half are farmed. There are 59 individuals licensed to process hemp through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry’s (ADAI) Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.
Medical Qualifying Conditions
If passed, SB165 would allow patients with the following conditions to qualify for medical marijuana:
Anxiety or panic disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cancer-related cachexia, nausea or vomiting, weight loss, or chronic pain
Epilepsy or a condition causing seizures
HIV/AIDS-related nausea or weight loss
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other spasticity disorders
Spasticity associated with Multiple Sclerosis or a spinal cord injury
Chronic or intractable pain
According to researchers from Auburn University, the market price of CBD oil derived from hemp has fallen by 80% since July 2019, from 3-4$ per % CBD per lb to $0.75-1.
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Estimated market size
Arcview Research and BDS Analytics estimate that Alabama could see $20 million in legal spending by 2024.
How to open a Marijuana/Hemp Business in Alabama
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