Alabama Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS ALABAMA'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS
In Alabama, cannabis is predominately illegal with a few exceptions for medical use. There have been many attempts to widely legalize medical cannabis in the state but most efforts have been thwarted when presented to the state’s legislators. However, just in 2020, Alabama’s senate passed a medical cannabis bill, state lawmakers voted 22-11 in support of the legislation, which would allow qualifying patients to purchase certain medical cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries.
WHAT ARE ALABAMA'S CANNABIS LAWS?
The primary cannabis law in Arizona is Proposition 203 which allows qualifying patients and caregivers to purchase, possess, and consume medical cannabis obtained from a state-licensed dispensary. All medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona must be nonprofit businesses under Arizona laws 36-2806, which states a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary will be operated on a not-for-profit basis and they are subjected to government oversight. Though Arizona's medical cannabis industry is nonprofit, similar to California and Colorado, it’s a common misconception that business-owners and their In 2014, Alabama passed “Carly's Law” which allowed federally approved clinical trials of CBD oil to treat children with seizure disorder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A year later, "The Alabama Medical Marijuana Patients Rights Act" was introduced which allowed patients with qualifying conditions to use medical cannabis. In 2016, the state's legislators passed SB347, also known as "The Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Act," which changed the "definition of marijuana in the controlled substances law to exclude industrial hemp, which was defined as cannabis not containing greater than 0.3% THC. In 2016, the state's legislators passed HB61, which became known as "Leni's Law,” which expanded on “Carly’s Law” from 2014. In 2020, Alabama legislators passed the bill, SB 165, would establish a state Medical Cannabis Commission to register patients and oversee licensing businesses.
WHAT IS ALABAMA'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
The state of Alabama currently is not accepting applications for marijuana businesses. However after the recent medical cannabis bill that passed, it’s possible a process will start soon.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN ALABAMA?
Cannabis has been predominantly illegal in the state of Alabama since prohibition in the 1930’s. Many tried but failed to legalize cannabis for medical use. A few laws, such as Carly’s Law and Leni’s Law, have been established to allow for CBD oil use for medicinal purposes. After March of 2020, the state passed a bill to legalize medical cannabis and is working to set up the logistics around the newly legal industry.
DOES ALABAMA HAVE A HEMP PROGRAM?
ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE ALABAMA CANNABIS MARKET? PREPARING FOR THE ALABAMA CANNABIS MARKET
The Alabama cannabis market will only continue to grow since medical legalization in 2020. The opportunity to operate a cannabis business of your own within the state is on the horizon. Contact Point7 to discuss the fully customizable products and service packages available that have proved successful for operators around the country.