(Last update: July 22, 2019)
Medical Marijuana: No
Recreational Marijuana: No
In-Home Cultivation: No
Reform efforts gain ground, but fall short; medical study approved
Despite progress being made on medical marijuana and decriminalization, the Alabama Legislature adjourned its 2019 legislative session without passing either reform.
The Alabama Senate passed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill — SB 236 — but it was modified in the House to instead create a study commission on the issue. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the study into law. The 15-member commission must report with recommendations — including draft legislation — by December 1, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved SB 98, a decriminalization bill that would have reduced the penalty for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana to a fine of up to $250. Unfortunately, the House version, HB 96, was voted down in committee, 5-6, and the full Senate did not vote on the bill.