Unfortunately, even though CBD possession is legal in Alabama, obtaining the drug is extremely difficult because there are no provisions for either distribution or cultivation. The only benefit of the Alabama medical marijuana law is that it decriminalizes possession. Patients have to go to another state to find CBD, and then they risk being caught transporting it over state lines — a federal crime. On Apr. 1, 2014, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed SB 174, known as “Carly’s Law,” which allows an affirmative defense against prosecution for CBD possession by people suffering from a debilitating epileptic condition. The law states that “a prescription for the possession or use of cannabidiol (CBD) as authorized by this act shall be provided exclusively by the UAB [University of Alabama at Birmingham] Department for a debilitating epileptic condition.” Since marijuana is illegal under federal laws, doctors are not allowed to write “prescriptions” for it. The states that have legal medical marijuana allow doctors to “recommend” it.

Please note: Alabama is still pending legislative vote. However, the state has outlined several key factors for the medical marijuana program in Alabama, but it has not been legally enacted as of this time.