Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Alabama

Marijuana Law:

Marijuana Law:

No Broad Laws
Legalizing Marijuana*:

*In these states, marijuana is either totally illegal, or there may be laws decriminalizing possession, or use of marijuana, or, the state may have a CBD law legalizing THC at a level constituting marijuana-derived CBD.

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  • The only legal access to CBD (“Carly’s Law”) is with a prescription from a board-certified neurologist through the authority of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Neurology. Patients diagnosed with debilitating epileptic ailments by a certified neurologist may discuss using CBD oil as a treatment in certain municipalities.
  • “Leni’s Law” was subsequently passed providing an affirmative defense for possession of CBD oil “for specified debilitating conditions that produce seizures.”

Other Impacting Laws (e.g. drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)

  • Alabama has a voluntary drug testing law which also provides a premium discount for compliance.
  •  There are unemployment and workers’ compensation laws in Alabama that contain their own drug testing requirements and which the employer’s program must be consistent with in order to position themselves for denying unemployment or workers’ compensation claims.
  • A confirmed positive drug test is considered conclusive presumption of impairment by illegal drugs. If the employer complies with Alabama’s unemployment law regarding the operation of a drug-free workplace, employees will be disqualified for unemployment compensation if their discharge was the result of illegal drug use, refusal to test, or attempts to manipulate the specimen. 
  • No compensation shall be allowed for an injury caused by an accident due to the injured employee being intoxicated from the use of alcohol or being impaired by illegal drugs. A positive drug test shall be a conclusive presumption of impairment resulting from the use of illegal drugs. 

Sources (e.g. Bill Number, Authority)

Sources (e.g., Bill Number, Authority)

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CAUTION: Where there are quotation marks, the language is directly from published law. This information is only a summary of some issues and it will benefit the reader to review the information in context (go to the law) and in relation to other laws (e.g. workers compensation, unemployment law).