Medical Marijuana Conditions for Alabama - Are You Eligible?
Medical Marijuana Conditions for Alabama
Medical Marijuana Conditions for Alabama - Qualifying Conditions:
Medical Marijuana Conditions for Alabama are as follows (Updated February 6, 2020).
To become a patient eligible for CBD under Leni’s Law, the patient must receive a diagnosis for a serious condition that is resistant to conventional medicine from a physician with whom they have a bona-fide physician-patient relationship and the CBD must be likely to provide the patient with therapeutic or palliative relief.
Carly’s Law previously required participation in a University of Alabama clinical trial to become a legal patient.
The affirmative defense is available if CBD would likely provide the patient with therapeutic or palliative relief to a number of conditions including:
- wasting syndrome;
- severe or chronic pain;
- severe nausea; seizures;
- severe and persistent muscle spasms.
- There is additionally a catchall to include any other condition that is severe and resistant to conventional medicine as an eligible condition.
There is no formal application process to become a patient. The only way to gain legal access to medical cannabis through Leni’s Law is by being provided CBD by a physician.
Any physician may recommend and provide CBD, but a recommendation is not required (notwithstanding federal law).
Minors are eligible for the affirmative defense and parents of minors who would be eligible are also covered by the affirmative defense regarding possession of CBD for the use of those minors.
Additionally, state and local governments cannot initiate removal proceedings to remove a child from the home of a parent based solely on the parent or child’s possession of CBD that is eligible for the affirmative defense.
Carly’s Law previously provided a protection for caretakers of patients, but this was deleted under the Leni’s Law amendments.
There are no restrictions on consumption amounts of CBD.
There are no age restrictions on being eligible for the affirmative defense.
There are no explicit privacy protections, but HIPPA protections offered to all medical patients also apply to medical cannabis therapy under Leni’s Law.
There are no housing protections provided by Leni’s Law.
There are no employment protections under Leni’s Law.
Alabama law is silent on whether insurance can cover CBD oil.
Out of State Patients
Leni’s Law does not specify that the patient must be a resident of Alabama or otherwise restrict residency for protection under the law.
Becoming a Producer
Alabama law does not include specific protections for producers of CBD oil or other cannabis products.
For More information
University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Neurology
In November 2019, an Alabama commission considering laws about medical marijuana met at the State House to discuss the draft of a medical marijuana bill that’ll be introduced to the Legislature next year. News outlets report the Medical Marijuana Study Commission met Thursday, the last time they’ll meet before the Dec. 1 filing deadline. Sen. Tim Melson, and commission chair, asked commission members to study the proposal and make any recommended changes. Melson championed a medical marijuana bill last spring. It went through the Alabama Senate but stalled at the House. The bill would create a Medical Cannabis Commission to manage issuing medical cannabis cards to patients. The bill would empower the commission to add or remove qualifying conditions based on scientific evidence.
As laws continue to change regarding Medical Marijuana Conditions for Alabama, CalmEffect will continue to update this page to bring you the most updated and relevant information.
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