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Fast Facts on Alabama Marijuana Laws

As Snoop and Wiz toke their sweet time on tour, this is what fans can expect if they decide to risk smoking in ‘Bama.

by Blake Taylor

The High Road Summer 2016 Tour makes its way to Alabama, the home to the American Civil Rights Movement. One necessary stop includes the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  

Alabama is at the birth center of blues, country, and gospel music. Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, and The Commodores are a few of the many artists to come from The Yellowhammer State and nearly every major city in Alabama boasts a thriving nightlife covering musical interests from Dance/DJ clubs and hip-hop to Classical to Broadway musicals.

Here are some of Alabama’s laughably serious marijuana tidbits:

  1. Possession of marijuana in any amount for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration and a $6,000 fine.

  2. Possession for any amount not for personal use is a felony and holds a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year and up to 10 years of prison time and a fine of $15,000.

  3. The sale of any amount of weed to someone over the age of 18 is a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence from 2 years to up to 20 years behind bars including a fine of $30,000.

  4. If an adult over the age of 18 is caught selling to a minor younger than 18 years of age, they are looking at 10 years to life in prison with a fine of $60,000.

  5. Even a person caught with paraphernalia “with the intent to use” is looking at a misdemeanor including up to 1 year of prison in addition to a $6,000 fine.

  6. Alabama has been opening itself up to medical marijuana and Senate Bill 236 (aka, Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act) was introduced into he state legislature in April 2015.

  7. The law would have allowed safe access to medical marijuana for people suffering from 25 conditions including: Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Tourette’s Syndrome, among many other conditions marijuana has been known to treat.

  8. The law was approved almost unanimously by the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee but was dragged down by a lone opponent, Senator Jabo Waggoner, who oversaw the Rules Committee and simply said, “It is bad legislation. We don’t need that in Alabama.”

  9. In April 2016, Alabama overwhelmingly voted to pass “Leni’s Law” allowing people who suffer from seizure disorders and other debilitating medical conditions to use CBD.


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Blake Taylor worked for a leading medical/recreational marijuana grower in the Seattle area and has been a freelance writer for four years.



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