Policy Recommendations Alabama

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Alabama

After four public meetings and independent deliberations, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Study Commission released its report required by SB 236 in August of 2019. The report outlined key items that should be included in state legislation to authorize a comprehensive medical cannabis program, and senators moved quickly in 2020 to introduce and pass SB 165 containing the Commission's recommendations. Unfortunately, House lawmakers never took the bill up before the legislature adjourned for the year on June 17, opting to continue subjecting patients to the state's extremely limited evaluation and access system.3 As lawmakers prepare for the 2021 legislative session ASA recommends discussing organization of a comprehensive medical cannabis policy regime, that includes legal protections for medical cannabis patients as well as safe legal access to lab-tested medical cannabis and related products that can be sold to patients at licensed retailers. ASA also recommends authorizing patients to cultivate cannabis at home to reduce costs to patients.