Alabama Marijuana Information
Alabama is one state where you don’t want to get caught with marijuana. Possessing any amount even just an ounce or less of weed for personal use is typically penalized with a misdemeanor with up to one year in prison or $6,000 fine. If you’re suspected of possessing marijuana for any purpose other than personal use, you could be facing a felony with up to 10 years in prison or $15,000 maximum fine. Selling, trafficking, and cultivating marijuana (except industrial hemp) are all considered felonies and carry very hefty penalties. If you do find yourself in a pinch, check out our Alabama Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Unlike the dozens of states that have legalized medical marijuana, Alabama does not seem to be budging on the legalization of recreational marijuana in any way. Recently (2/21/18) a bill was rejected by the Alabama Legislature that would have reduced possession penalties. The bill aimed to reduce the penalty for possession of one ounce or less from a misdemeanor to a violation that would come with a $250 penalty for both the first and second offense. Upon the third and any subsequent offenses the penalty would be raised to $500, but it would still be considered a violation. The Alabama legislation thought this bill went too far for suggesting that even after multiple offenses that it would still be considered a violation, and thusly rejected the bill with a 7-5 vote. Hopefully Alabama will change their views soon!
However, cannabidiol or CBD has been legal in Alabama since 2014, when the first cannabidiol (CBD) oil medical study began at the University of Alabama. CBD only contains the compound in cannabis that has medical effects. THC (the part of cannabis that can get you high) was prohibited from CBD until Leni’s Law went into effect June of 2016, after proponents suggested that THC can help alleviate severe seizures and other conditions. Leni’s Law allows cannabidiol to contain up to 3% of THC.
The policy HB 393, which was enacted in 2016, permits the cultivation for hemp for industrial purposes in Alabama, allowing for the creation of hemp cloth, paper, fuel, and other commodities. It does not consider industrial hemp as a controlled substance. This is another forward step for Alabama.
Although the legalization of recreational marijuana in Alabama seems like a long, slow journey ahead, the idea of cannabis for medical and industrial use is becoming more accepted as its many benefits are become more evident and mainstream.
Is Marijuana legal in Alabama?
No, marijuana is illegal in Alabama and consumption is punishable by harsh penalties. Only cannabidiol (CBD) oil is available for patients who suffer from specific conditions that are resistant to conventional medicine. Alabama’s medical marijuana program is still pending and has not been officially enacted.
How much will it cost?
Legalized marijuana is not currently for sale in Alabama.
Can I get my Medical Card if I’m not an Alabama resident?
There is no access to a legal medical marijuana card in Alabama at this time. However, the law does not state that patients must be Alabama residents to obtain CBD oil for medical purposes.
Where can I apply for it?
There is no official medical marijuana program enacted in Alabama yet. The only legal way to obtain access to CBD oil is by acquiring a prescription by a boardcertified neurologist through the authority of the UAB Department. This basically means that you have to be enrolled in an FBA approved clinical trial.
Can patients take purchases home if they live in another state or country?
You cannot legally purchase any form of marijuana in Alabama.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Neither medical nor recreational marijuana is legal in Alabama yet, so you could definitely get in trouble if caught with any form of weed. If you do find yourself in a pinch, check out our Alabama Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
How can I work for change?
You can make a difference by voting in support of marijuana legalization in Alabama. Plus, you can join The Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, an organization that fights for all Alabama patients’ rights to medical marijuana through community involvement, education, and aggressive legislation.
Alabama marijuana frequently asked questions about legal medical marijuana and the legal restrictions throughout the state.
What an ounce of high-quality (and illegal) pot will cost you in Alabama vs. other states
Colorado Marijuana Holiday
Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana on one of several days of the annual 4/20 marijuana festival, in Denver’s downtown Civic Center Park, Saturday April 18, 2015. The annual event is the second 4/20 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In case anyone has forgotten, marijuana is still illegal in the United States.
But with states such as Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon legalizing the drug for recreational use – and 23 states allowing it for medicinal purposes- the proliferation of pot in our society and popular culture is continuing.
That’s why the headline – The price of marijuana in all 50 states – caught my eye. The article, complete with a slideshow with prices from every state, appeared on FOX8Live.com. It reminded me of an illicit shopping list.
There are some things we can learn from the list though.
First, it’s cheaper to buy weed in places where it’s legal. An ounce of high-quality weed in Colorado will cost you $241.91 while low-grade will cost you $217.05. You can compare that to $385.92 for the good stuff and $279.13 for the cheaper stuff in North Dakota, the state with the highest pot prices.
High quality weed is $338.17 an ounce; medium quality is $207.23; and low quality will run you $137.90 an ounce.
Nationwide, the average price for an ounce of high quality cannabis is around $324.
No word about coupons or any sort of senior day discounts.
What an ounce of high-quality (and illegal) pot will cost you in Alabama vs. other states Colorado Marijuana Holiday Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana on one of several days of