The State of Alabama has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the United States. Getting caught with any amount of cannabis can land you in jail for up to 20 years. Efforts thus far to legalize marijuana in any form have received little support from the Alabama State Government.
Recreational Marijuana in Alabama
Alabama is considered one of the most conservative states in the US in regards to marijuana. Smoking or possessing any amount of recreational marijuana can land individuals in jail. First time offenders are susceptible to a misdemeanor charge punishable to a 1-year jail term and a fine of $6,000. In some cases, the jail term can be suspended with probation. Repeated offenders are charged with a Class C felony that is punishable to up to 1 to 10 years of jail time and a $15,000 fine. The sale of recreational marijuana, even in trace amounts, is a Class B felony and punishable to a 2 to 20 years prison sentence with a $30,000 fine. Selling marijuana to minors can lead to life imprisonment.
Medical Marijuana in Alabama
Full strength medical marijuana is still illegal in Alabama. However, in 2014, Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 174, also known as Carly’s Law, which made it legal for seizure patients with a prescription from a licensed physician to possess and use high-CBD, low-THC marijuana extracts.
In 2016, the Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act, which would legalize low-THC cannabis for a wider range of ailments, was presented to Alabama lawmakers. As of now, the bill remains in the Senate County and Municipal Government Committee. If it progresses through the state’s legislature and ends up being passed, it would legalize cannabidiol from marijuana. Medical marijuana, in the strict sense of the term, would still remain outlawed in Alabama.
Consumption of CBD from Hemp Oil in Alabama
The possession and consumption of CBD oil is legal for qualified patients under Carly’s Law. However, CBD oil that is derived from hemp is considered a dietary supplement and legal to import and sell in all 50 U.S. states, including Alabama.
In March 2014, the state Senate approved a bill that authorized the University of Alabama to study the use of marijuana-derived oil for the treatment of seizures, and they would be able to prescribe the oil to approved patients. The study’s early results, published in March 2016, show that 50% of 51 subjects saw sustained improvement in seizure control, and 32 to 45 percent experienced declines in seizures, while two patients were seizure-free following treatment.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Alabama
The cultivation of cannabis for any purpose, including personal, commercial, medical, and research purposes, is illegal in Alabama. Growing cannabis or any of its derivatives on your personal property can result in a trafficking felony punishable by a minimum 3 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.
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