CBD in Alabama
All Your Questions Answered
In late 2018, the US senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act popularly known as the 2018 Farm Bill. According to this bill, cultivating hemp is now legal and it no longer falls under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
However, the act also provided a detailed list of guidelines for cultivating hemp. As per the Farm Bill, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a regulatory authority over hemp cultivation. The states can opt to have primary regulatory authority over the crop cultivated within the borders.
Owing to the growing medical recognition of CBD, the state of Alabama has taken upon it to examine the possibilities of encouraging the production of hemp without creating an apprehension of it becoming a social ill.
After thorough examination, the state of Alabama has now legalised the production of industrial hemp for medical purposes.
Is CBD Oil Legal
Yes, CBD oil is not illegal in Alabama. However, this only goes for CBD Oil derived from Hemp as it contains only 0.3% THC approximately.
Regarding CBD Oil derived from Marijuana, it contains more than 3% THC, which makes it illegal in the state. We will discuss this in detail later.
Where to Buy CBD
While it is possible to buy CBD Oil from local pharmacies,
CBD oil was not always popular in Alabama, but finally it has been legalized and also now allowed to be sold in Pharmacies and Online.
In Alabama, it is possible to order CBD online or visit certain shops in Alabama. However, it is very important to research the right brands of the CBD-infused products. There have been precedents of poor-quality products being sold and causing harm to the consumers. That is why currently the only way to get pure medical marijuana may be through the physician prescribing it.
Otherwise the online market of CBD oil is quite active. But still, because of the current loose regulations on the purchase and cultivation of industrial hemp, there are bound to be shady dealers lurking in the dark to pass off their product as a miracle drug. Ensure that the drug you are eyeing is produced uses organic hemp from a certified dealer.
CBD Oil Laws
Suffice to say, with legalisation of CBD in Alabama, varieties of CBD started cropping up all over Alabama. For quite some time, it was possible to procure CBD from gas stations but not pharmacies, as they have a strict code of regulations. Pharmacies are legally not allowed to provide drugs without authentic prescription, and not following this can land them into serious trouble.
However, the medical community of Alabama – physicians, nurses and pharmacists – has strongly opined that this unregulated access to CBD could harm the public instead of benefit, if dosage and quality are not monitored. That’s why it has been an extremely awaited decision.
How to Qualify for CBD Oil
CBD is a drug or drug supplement that is meant to aid the patients with anxiety and depression along with a lot of neuro-physical conditions. This means that it is important for the drug to be non-addictive and non-stimulant. This means that the amount of THC should be very low (less than 3%), as it is THC which causes the stoning effect in the drug.
This also means that the CBD oil extracted for medical purposes comes from industrial hemp. And Industrial Hemp is not marijuana. CBD extracted from marijuana is still illegal as per the Alabama state law.
To be able to sell, produce and possess CBD oil in Alabama, a licensed grower and dealer must ensure that the level of THC in the product does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis. To be able to consume CBD in Alabama, you must possess the complete medical diagnosis from a medical practitioner with whom you have a considerable amount of a treatment history and understands your complete medical history. They should be able to prove that the cure for your condition doesn’t lie in traditional medicine anymore.
Is Selling CBD Illegal
After signing of the Senate Bill 225 on June 10, it is now possible for pharmacies in Alabama to sell CBD oil containing not more than 0.3 percent of THC. The government has expressed its faith in the pharmacies to be able to properly dispense products only after proper verification of prescription and dosage.
For the patients really requiring CBD, more and more pharmacists have been awaiting FDA’s approval of CBD oil because of the multiple bad effects that may occur that may happen if not controlled.
It is important to understand that to be able to consume CBD, you need to have a serious condition and physician’s prescription. CBD is available is various forms such as oils, ointments, gummies and vape pens. The most vastly used form of CBD is the CBD oil taken 2 drops at a time, placed under the tongue for a few seconds and then swallowed.
Currently, because of the rising popularity of CBD oil since its introduction and legalisation, it is available in the big cities of Alabama such as Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville. However, other cities such as Hoover, Dothan, Decatur and Auburn also have a decent quality and quantity of CBD available.
According to the latest news, the Alabama medical practitioners have petitioned to use the Feni’s Law and Carly’s law to allow limited use of marijuana under the Compassion, Access, Research and Expansion (CARE) Act. Within this legislation, it will be permissible to use CBD oil to treat 33 conditions including seizures, addiction, cancer, chronic pain, depression and so on.
To be eligible for use of CBD for medical condition, the bill states that the patients – 19 years and older – will have to undergo a thorough examination by a recognized physician. Once certified eligible, the patient will be allowed to carry a card – provided with a fee – which will allow them to carry cannabis.
However, even though CBD has gained a legal status, it is still a Schedule 1 Controlled drug.