Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana
Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana in the State of Alabama?
You’ll be able to get an Alabama Medical Marijuana Card if you have one of the qualifying conditions approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
What Qualifying Conditions Make a Patient Eligible for Medical Marijuana in the State of Alabama?
A “qualifying patient” must have a condition or symptom of, or side effect related to the treatment of, one of the following conditions:
Cancer-related weight loss, chronic pain, nausea or vomiting, or cachexia
Chronic or intractable pain that has not been effectively treated with opioids or for which opioid therapy is inadvisable
Sickle Cell Anemia
Persistent nausea that has not been alleviated by more common treatments and that is not caused by pregnancy or marijuana use
A terminal illness
Why do I Need an Alabama Medical Marijuana Card?
Your Alabama Medical Marijuana Card is a personal identification card that serves as proof that you have been placed on the Alabama Medical Cannabis Patient Registry by a licensed Alabama Physician, which is a prerequisite for purchasing medical marijuana in Alabama.
With your card, you’ll be able to legally buy marijuana from Alabama dispensaries (which have a deadline of September 1, 2022 to be set up), meaning you can possess and use marijuana and marijuana products in Alabama.
How do I Get an Alabama Medical Marijuana Card?
Before you can get your Alabama Medical Marijuana card, you must be diagnosed as suffering from one of the qualifying conditions. An Alabama marijuana doctor will then recommend medical marijuana as part of your treatment if they feel cannabis could help your symptoms. It can be a complicated process with lots of red tape, which is where we come in.
Our team specializes in helping you obtain your medical marijuana card. Our compassionate doctors will be here to help you through the process.
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting an Alabama Marijuana Doctor Office?
We can’t guarantee your approval, because only a doctor can determine if you qualify. To improve your odds at receiving the doctor’s approval, you should bring as much information regarding your medical history with your qualifying condition, and the past treatments you’ve tried.
If one of Alabama Marijuana Card’s doctors determines that you are not eligible to receive a card, you will get a refund, minus a nominal fee if we help you retrieve your medical records.
What is the Cost for a Medical Marijuana Card in Alabama?
Some doctors charge an arm and a leg just for your initial examination. We feel that no one should be denied the relief only medical cannabis can provide just because of cost. Therefore, we offer a variety of convenient payment methods, including discounts for veterans and people on SSI, as well as referral discounts and frequent promotions.
Any follow-up appointments you might need in the 12 months following your first meeting with one of our doctors is free.
When Will I Receive my Identification Card?
According to the plans set forth by Alabama’s Compassion Act, if your application is approved, you should receive your card within 30 days of application.
Where can Patients Purchase Medical Marijuana?
Once you have received your Alabama Medical Marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the state-licensed dispensaries that will be located throughout Alabama.
Do I Have to Buy my Marijuana From one of the Dispensaries?
Yes, in order to legally purchase marijuana you must do so from one of the state-licensed dispensaries once they are open.
Can I Grow my own Medical Marijuana?
No, medical marijuana must be purchased at a state-licensed dispensary and cannot be legally obtained any other way.
Where Will the Dispensaries be Located in Alabama?
We do not yet know the exact number or location of approved dispensaries. Keep checking back for the most up-to-date information about the Alabama medical marijuana program.
How Much Medical Marijuana can be Purchased From the Dispensary?
You may purchase and possess up to a 60-day supply of Medical Marijuana at any given time.
Because the law is based on THC levels and not the amount of marijuana, exactly how much constitutes a 60-day supply will vary based on the recommendations of an individual’s doctor.
Fortunately, when the time comes and dispensaries open, your local medical marijuana retailer will be able to help you figure out what you’re able to buy and possess given your doctor’s recommendations and chosen products.
Will my Insurance or Medicaid pay for my Marijuana?
We are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of medical marijuana at present, but please contact your insurance provider or Medicaid official to be sure.
How Much Will Medical Marijuana Cost?
It isn’t clear just yet how much medical marijuana will cost, because each dispensary will set its own costs. We’re hoping that having dispensaries located throughout the state will stimulate competition and keep prices low.
What is a Designated Caregiver, and how Many can I Have?
A designated caregiver is a person you authorize to purchase and transport medical marijuana on your behalf. Designated caregivers may also help administer your medicine to you.
Although Alabama law allows for the designation of caregivers, the full process is not yet in place. Here is what we know about how the caregiver process will eventually function:
Caregivers will have to apply and be approved for a registry card, and will not be allowed themselves to consume marijuana unless they have their own Alabama Marijuana Card as a patient.
You will be able to compensate your caregivers for their service or reimburse them their expenses incurred while acting as your caregiver.
State law does not set a limit on the number of caregivers you will be able to have, but the law does provide for the creation of a commission to oversee the state’s medical marijuana market and to institute new rules.
How do I Apply to be a Designated Caregiver?
While that process is not yet in place, if Alabama follows the precedents set by other states who have legalized medical marijuana, there will be a designated caregiver application form on the state's website.
Do I Need a Caregiver Card to Purchase Medical Marijuana for my Child?
Yes. Minors cannot purchase medical marijuana, and their parents or guardians may not purchase it for them unless they first register with the state as designated caregivers.
Will Caregivers be Allowed to Have More Than one Patient?
Yes, but caregivers would have to apply and pay for a registry card for each patient.
State law does permit the commission established to oversee the medical marijuana market to later set limits on how many patients a caregiver may serve.
Can a Caregiver Also be a Registered Qualifying Patient?
Yes, a caregiver may also be a registered qualifying patient.
Can my Employer Still Drug Test me for Marijuana if I am a Registered Patient?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can.
Alabama does not protect medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing, or from termination resulting from testing. Each employer can decide for themselves whether they will exempt employees from company drug policies if those employees have medical marijuana cards.
However, employers may not discriminate against an applicant or an employee based on their past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient. In other words, you can be terminated or denied a job for failing a drug test, but you cannot be terminated or denied a job for having or having once had an Alabama Marijuana Card.
How do I get a Marijuana Card in Alabama?
The state isn't yet issuing Medical Marijuana cards, but by law the processes for issuing and accepting applications has to be in place by September 1, 2022.
Our team specializes in guiding Alabamans through the process of getting their medical marijuana cards. We have offices in all major Alabama cities, with friendly and knowledgeable doctors ready to assist you. Call us at (833)-781-5633, email us at email@example.com, or make a reservation now to meet with one of our doctors once the state’s program is up and running.
What is the Cost for a Medical Marijuana Card in Alabama?
The medical marijuana market in Alabama will be overseen by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission. Alabama’s medical marijuana law allows that commission to set an application fee of no more than $65
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