Prior to 2014, all cannnabis use had been illegal in Alabama since 1931. As of 2016, cannabis is not decriminalized, and first time possession will result in a misdemeanor, and repeated offenses or intent to sell is considered a felony.
In April 2014 Carly’s Law was signed into effect by Gov. Robert Bentley, which allows the University of Alabama to conduct a study and distribute CBD oil to children with debilitating seizures.
In 2016 two new policies were put into place that expanded cannabis legislation. HB 61 was signed into law on May 4th, 2016 by Gov. Robert Bentley and extend’s the Carly’s Law bill. HB 61 allows for qualifying patients and caregivers to have affirmative defense for their use of CBD oils. Before, the University of Alabama simply recommended the use of the oil, but there was no legal protection for patients or caregivers.
The other bill, HB 393, was enacted on May 10th, 2016 and excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the state’s controlled substances act. This allows the use of hemp in Alabama, from the cultivation of it, to manufacturing (paper, oil, seeds, rope, clothing, etc).
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