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Everything You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana in Alabama

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When, Where, and How You Can Get Your Alabama Medical Card and Purchase Medical Marijuana

Following the lead of 35 other states, three territories, and the District of Columbia, Alabama recently legalized its own medical marijuana program in 2021. At this point, officials are still hashing out the details and expect to open the market to patients sometime between late 2023 and early 2024. Keep reading for all the details about the program, its requirements, and how you can secure your Alabama medical marijuana card so you’re ready when the market opens.

The Latest Updates on Medical Marijuana in Alabama

Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) is currently receiving applications from businesses and individuals interested in cultivating, processing, and/or selling medical cannabis. Per SB 46, the state was required to have the regulatory and infrastructure framework for the medical marijuana program set by September 1st, 2022. Between then and October 17, 2022, the state allowed businesses and individuals to request applications. Those applications were sent out on October 24, 2022, and they’re due back to the AMCC by December 30, 2022.

Once the AMCC receives all applications, they can begin the review and approval process. At this time, they plan to issue a limited number of licenses statewide, with a cap on 37 total dispensaries across the state. Other licenses to be issued include:

  • 12 cultivators licenses
  • Four processors licenses
  • Four dispensary licenses (each license can operate three dispensary locations)
  • Five integrated facility licenses (each license can operate five dispensary locations)
  • An unspecified number for secure transport and state testing lab licenses

When Will Medical Dispensaries Open in Alabama?

Alabama will announce the applicants chosen to receive medical dispensary licenses, as well as all other licenses of their medical program, on June 12, 2023. Those that are chosen will have until June 26, 2023 to pay the license fee. Official licenses will then be issued on July 10, 2023.

Alabama will have up to 37 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to open on July 10, 2023. Whether or not they open their doors on that date will depend on their preparedness.

When Can I Get My Alabama Medical Marijuana Card?

Medical marijuana cards are not yet available in Alabama, but we’re keeping a close eye on when the AMCC opens up the program to patients. To make sure you’re ready to go when business opens on July 10, 2023, claim your spot on our Alabama Medical Marijuana Card waitlist now.  Click this link to fill out this short form, and we’ll let you know the moment you can meet with a doctor to secure your Alabama medical marijuana card.

Alabama Medical Marijuana Program Details

Requirements

To obtain your medical marijuana card in Alabama, you must be a legal resident of the state and age 19 or older, not 18, as in most other states.

Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Alabama are:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy or a condition causing seizures
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Panic disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Persistent nausea (excluding nausea related to pregnancy, cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome, or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Terminal illness

It’s best to have your documentation or medical proof of your qualifying condition (such as medical records, office visit summaries, or an official letter from a physician declaring your diagnosis) before meeting with a physician to obtain your medical marijuana card.

If you have a qualifying ailment but lack medical documentation, contact us at (877) 783-1805 and we’ll schedule you with a doctor who can diagnose your illness, followed by a doctor who can confirm your eligibility for the program. We do not charge any extra fees for the diagnostic.

Products and Consumption Methods Available to Patients

Under SB 46, Alabama’s medical marijuana program will not include the sale of any raw plant material or any products for smoking. As a patient of Alabama’s medical marijuana program, you’ll have access to:

  • Oral tablets
  • Capsules
  • Tinctures
  • Gelatinous cubes
  • Gels and oils (for topical application)
  • Patches
  • Suppositories
  • Nebulizers
  • Liquid or oil for an inhaler

How To Apply for Your Alabama Medical Marijuana Card

Similar to other states’ programs, to apply for your Alabama medical card, you must follow four simple steps.

1. Book a Doctor’s Appointment

Once Alabama’s medical program opens to patients, schedule your appointment to see a state-licensed doctor by simply clicking the widget below or calling us at (877) 783-1805. We provide same-day appointments, which means our doctor may see you within 15 minutes of arranging your appointment.

The current law says the doctor must verify that you have a qualifying medical condition, and they must also determine that conventional therapy and treatments have failed to help. If you have a qualifying ailment but lack medical documentation, contact us at (877) 783-1805 and we’ll schedule you with a doctor who can diagnose your illness, followed by a doctor who can confirm your eligibility for the program. We do not charge any extra fees for the diagnostic.

2. Fill Out Intake Forms

Immediately after booking your appointment, you will be prompted to fill out your digital intake forms. These forms take just five minutes to fill out and are required before your doctor’s appointment.

3. Meet With a Doctor

During a brief 10–15-minute virtual examination, our doctor will evaluate whether or not you are eligible to receive an Alabama medical marijuana card. Don’t stress—we have a 99% acceptance record and a money-back promise that is unconditional.

4. Complete State Application

Once you’re approved by our physician and have your doctor’s referral, you’ll have to complete the state’s medical marijuana patient application to join their patient registry. Applicants will be notified whether they may apply online or by mail once the program is open to patients.

Get on the Waitlist for an Alabama Medical Card

Join our waitlist now to reserve your appointment with our state-licensed doctors. Complete the contact form below and we’ll hold your spot in line, notify you the second the state gives the go-ahead for patients to start the Alabama medical card process, and give you $25 off your first evaluation!