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Both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal in Alabama. Read on to learn more about Alabama's current marijuana laws.

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What you need to know about Marijuana Laws in Alabama

  • Both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal in the state of Alabama
  • Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense resulting in a $6,000 fine and up to a year in jail
  • Growing marijuana in the state of Alabama is illegal and violators face jail time based on the total weight of their plants
  • Citizens are not able to propose legislation so legalization of marijuana is on the shoulders of the state legislators
  • In Alabama, businesses may sell CBD products as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC

Marijuana Legislation in Alabama

In February of 2021, the Alabama Senate passed a bill proposed by Senator Tim Melson to legalize the use of medical marijuana. The bill would allow doctors to issue medical cannabis cards to patients suffering from a number of different symptoms.

There doesn’t appear to be any progress or developments in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the state of Alabama. As with most states who have legalized recreational marijuana, legalizing medical marijuana has been a necessary first step.

Marijuana Fines and Penalties in Alabama

Possession in the Second Degree: Penalties for first-time offenders possessing marijuana include a $6,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Possession in the First Degree: Penalties for second-time possession offenders or for offenders possessing marijuana with the intent to sell include a $15,000 fine and anywhere from one to ten years in jail. This Class C felony carries a mandatory minimum of one year plus one day in jail.

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Sale of Marijuana: A Class B felony punishable anywhere from two to twenty years along with a $30,000 fine. Sale of marijuana to a minor carries even harsher penalties of 10 years to life in jail on top of a $60,000 fine.

Anyone convicted of a marijuana offense in Alabama is subject to a mandatory six month suspension of their driver’s license.

More History on Marijuana Legalization Attempts in Alabama

Medical marijuana bills have been proposed and shot down in both the House and Senate in Alabama. After a failed attempt in the House in 2012, Senator Bobby Singleton brought a similar medical marijuana bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee that appeared to be on its way to the Senate floor for a vote before it was blocked by Senator Jabo Waggoner. Bills proposed in both the Senate and House to reduce the penalties for possession of marijuana were voted down.