Alabama Cannabis News

Legal Status of Cannabis:

Recreational cannabis and medical cannabis are both illegal in Alabama. Medical CBD and CBD oil is legal for people with certain qualifying conditions.

Recent Alabama Cannabis Policy News

The Alabama Senate passed a medical cannabis bill in 2019, but it stalled in the House. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission then proposed a tweaked version of the original bill, which will be considered by the House during the 2020 session. Medical marijuana legalization is opposed by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Do you know where your state legislators stand on Alabama’s medical cannabis bill? You can ask them here.

WHERE ALABAMA’S SENATORS STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION:

Sen. Richard Shelby - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told a 2016 American Family Association survey that he strongly opposes legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol and tobacco.
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. (2016)

Sen. Doug Jones - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Supports legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing recreational marijuana. (2017)

WHERE ALABAMA’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND ON CANNABIS POLICY:

Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)

 

Alabama’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Monroe, and Clarke (partial).

Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against advancing the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Alabama’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, and Montgomery (partial).

Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Alabama’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Cherokee (partial) and Montgomery (partial).

 

Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Alabama’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Marshall, Walker, Winston, Cherokee (partial), Jackson (partial), and Tuscaloosa (partial).

 

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Quote: “Medical cannabis should be treated like any other medical treatment that saves lives or eases pain and symptoms.”

 

Alabama’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, and Jackson (partial).

 

Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6) R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Rep. Palmer declared his support for medical cannabis research. (2014)

 

Alabama’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, and Shelby, Blount (partial), and Jefferson (partial).

 

Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7) D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things). (2018)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Alabama’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox, Clarke (partial), Jefferson (partial), Montgomery (partial), and Tuscaloosa (partial).

 

WHERE ALABAMA'S GOVERNOR STANDs ON CANNABIS LAW REFORM:

Gov. Kay Ivey - R

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  • A spokesperson for Kay Ivey told NORML, “We have no statement on marijuana [nor] has the Governor made any statement on marijuana.” (2017)

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