Last updated: March 12, 2020

Marijuana legalization in Alabama

Is marijuana legal in Alabama?

Marijuana is illegal in Alabama for recreational and medical use.

Low-THC cannabis extract oil is legal for certain medical conditions as of 2016.

In 2016 the “Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Act” defined and legalized hemp as cannabis that does not contain THC.

Efforts have been made to decriminalize marijuana in Alabama and to institute a medical marijuana program. To date, these have stalled, but there is possibility that something could come about in 2020.

Currently, Senate Bill 165 introduces a medical marijuana program. It was introduced by Republican Senator Tim Melson. If state lawmakers pass this bill it would allow medical marijuana to become legalized in Alabama. If passed, non-smokable and non-vaporized marijuana extracts could be prescribed to people with certain medical conditions. SB 165 passed the House in February 2020, but is unlikely to pass the Senate.

There are those who continue to block legalization in Alabama. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is opposed to medical marijuana legalization.