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2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Although marijuana is illegal in Alabama, there has been major progress in attempting to decriminalize it and allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. For instance, in 2014, Carly’s Law was passed which allowed clinical testing of CBD oil for certain health conditions in children. As clinical test results were received positively, Carly’s Law remains in effect today.

Earlier this year, a bill was introduced that would see medical marijuana legal in Alabama. The bill has not yet been voted on, and accordingly, medical and recreational marijuana in Alabama remains illegal.

As medical and recreational marijuana are not yet legal in Alabama, there are no marijuana labeling or packaging laws in Alabama as of yet. Potential dispensaries and growers are reminded to continue checking this page for further updates to Alabama’s marijuana laws on cannabis labels and packaging.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Alabama is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”

Current Medical Cannabis Laws

Lawmakers in many states, including the Yellowhammer State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Alabama state government  to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Current Cannabis Research

Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD, which has none of those psychoactive effects. Scientists are currently researching all the effects of cannabis, making their findings available to lawmakers as they address the issue.

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