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Alabama Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Alabama became the 38th state to legalize medical marijuana after Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Compassionate Act (SB 46) into law yesterday. This makes it the second state in the Deep South (after Louisiana) to allow medical marijuana, as the Mississippi Supreme Court recently invalidated the voted-approved ballot initiative to create a medical marijuana program due to a constitutional technicality.

“I am interested in the potential good medical cannabis can have for those with chronic illnesses or what it can do to improve the quality of life of those in their final days,” Gov. Ivey said.

The Alabama law is relatively restrictive. It bans smokable flower, vaping products, baked goods, and candies. It also imposes low dosage limits of 50 mg of THC per day, but allows the daily dosage to be increased to 75 mg per day for patients with terminal illnesses.

Regulators have until the end of August 2022 to create a legal framework for the medical program. Businesses can then begin applying for licenses starting September 1, 2022.

MJ Biz Daily has more.

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