Alabama Marijuana Compliance

As of 2021, Alabama has legalized marijuana for medical purposes for adult residents that meet certain requirements. However, recreational use of marijuana remains illegal under Alabama state law.

What is your company's responsibility for Alabama marijuana compliance? Employers in Alabama face no restrictions in testing applicants and employees for marijuana use and taking action to maintain a drug-free workplace. This includes those who use it legally for certain medical conditions.

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Alabama Marijuana Compliance

Alabama Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Partially Legal

Alabama has legalized medical marijuana for residents ages 21 and above with certain medical conditions. However, recreational marijuana remains illegal under state law.

Medical Marijuana: Legal

In Alabama, medical marijuana is legal for residents ages 21 and older. To legally use marijuana for medical purposes, residents must have certain medical conditions and obtain a doctor's order. The doctor must hold an Alabama license and have passed an exam on medical marijuana.

Approved medical conditions in Alabama include Sickle Cell, seizure disorders, terminal illnesses, PTSD, Crohn's disease, Tourette's syndrome, AIDS-related nausea, depression, autism, panic disorder, and Parkinson's disease.

Decriminalized: No

Alabama has not decriminalized marijuana, and recreational use remains illegal under state law. Therefore, there is no special Alabama marijuana compliance law that employers must comply with, and they are free to test workers for marijuana use.

Recreational Marijuana: Illegal

There are no recreational marijuana laws in the state of Alabama. Adult-use marijuana is fully illegal, and Alabama views marijuana use as a threat to public safety. Alabama holds strict laws on marijuana use for individuals that use the drug without holding a medical marijuana license.

Last updated 1/12/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Marijuana is not legal for recreational use in Alabama. However, Alabama residents that meet certain requirements may obtain a medical marijuana card and use marijuana for medicinal purposes only. In either case, employers may still test their workers for marijuana use.

Are there any unique laws about marijuana in Alabama?

Under current Alabama marijuana laws, marijuana is legal in Alabama for certain medical conditions. However, other medical conditions are not approved for marijuana use. Patients with endometriosis, chronic lower back pain, and eating disorders do not qualify for medical marijuana use in Alabama.

Residents without a license to use medicinal marijuana could face up to a Class B felony for possessing, distributing, manufacturing, or using marijuana, even if they received the marijuana from a registered dispensary, patient, or caregiver.

Marijuana state vs. federal laws can at times be confusing. It is possible for marijuana to become legal under state law, even though it remains illegal under federal law.

Generally, federal agencies will not charge for certain marijuana-related crimes, unless related to driving under the influence or organized crime. However, marijuana remains illegal for recreational use under Alabama state law.

What is Alabama's history with marijuana?

Alabama legalized medical marijuana on May 17, 2021, after Governor Kay Ivey signed the legislation legalizing its use for certain medical conditions. As of 2021, recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Alabama.

What is the punishment for possession in Alabama?

The possession of marijuana for personal use in Alabama is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine. Possessing marijuana for something other than personal use in Alabama is a Class C felony.

In Alabama, a Class C felony results in 366 days to 10 years in jail. Possessing marijuana for personal use after a previous conviction is a Class D felony. These possession charges could result in one to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

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