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Medical marijuana was made legal in Alabama in 2021, This Is The Current Situation!

Alabama was the 37th state to approve medicinal marijuana use in 2021. It will take some time for this law to become fully implemented, but that time should be either later this year or early in 2024. Darren Wesley “Ato” Hall Compassion Act, or Alabama Act 2021-450, was sponsored by Republican Tim Melson and legalized the use of medical marijuana in the state.

To paraphrase the act, “those with a qualifying medical condition who hold a valid medical cannabis card for the medical use of cannabis shall be afforded certain civil and criminal safeguards.” The act legalizes the use of cannabis for medical purposes, including the treatment of cancer-related weight loss or chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, depression, epilepsy or condition causing seizures, HIV/AIDS-related nausea or weight loss, and terminal illnesses.

There will be strict regulations on the cultivation and distribution of cannabis, and the drug will only be sold in a limited number of predetermined forms such as capsules, gels, gelatinous cubes, and oils. There will be no smokeable, edibles, or raw plant material available.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission was also established by the act to manage the law’s implementation and enforcement. The AMCC has recently made progress in establishing the industry by soliciting applications from companies interested in obtaining licenses to grow, process, and distribute marijuana.

According to the Sources, ninety-four different companies submitted applications for these permits. For this reason, they have partnered with the University of South Alabama to evaluate the applications and distribute the few available licenses fairly.

In April, the applications will be posted for review and feedback. The committee is expected to hand out permits to start-up businesses in each sector sometime in June. If and when these permits are granted, medical professionals can begin training to become authorized to prescribe medical cannabis.

While the use of medical marijuana is becoming more widespread, recreational cannabis use is still against the law. Possession of small amounts on a first offense is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $6,000, and a license suspension of at least six months.

According to AMCC director John McMillan, “The Commission spent much of 2022 setting the framework for Alabama’s medicinal cannabis market by creating rules and regulations, purchasing software tracking systems, and designing the business applications.” In 2023, “we are excited to utilize the strong foundation we put together to build a safe and operational medical cannabis business.”

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