New Alabama Law for Medical Cannabis Guides Dispensary Applications – The National Law Review

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Alabama became the 36th state to allow cannabis for medical use when Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act on May 17, 2021. The act establishes a process through which applicants will compete for a limited number of licenses in the following categories: (1) cultivator; (2) processor; (3) dispensary; and (4) “integrated facility” (which can cultivate, process, transport, and dispense medical cannabis under one license), as well as a to-be-determined number of licenses for secure transporters and testing laboratories. A 14-member Medical Cannabis Commission licenses and regulates the medical cannabis program, with input from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries on cultivation matters. The act requires that the Commission and the department adopt regulations that allow license applications by September 1, 2022.

This article provides an overview of the requirements for obtaining a cultivator license, and is part of a series of similar overviews for the other five license categories. 

What is a cultivator license?

A cultivator license authorizes the licensee to: (1) cultivate cannabis; (2) sell or transfer cannabis to a processor; and (3) sell or transfer medical cannabis to a dispensary if

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