Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana
Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana in the State of Alabama?
You can 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
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Epilepsy or another seizure causing condition
Chronic or intractable pain in which conventional treatments such as opioids therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is inadvisable or has proven ineffective
HIV/AIDS-related nausea or weight loss
Sickle Cell Anemia
Persistent nausea that has not responded well to more common treatments and that is unrelated to pregnancy or marijuana use
Spasticity related to ALS or some other motor neuron disease
Spasticity related to a spinal cord injury or MS
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 can buy marijuana from Alabama dispensaries and both 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 by an Alabama medical marijuana doctor who then recommends Medical Marijuana as part of your treatment. It can be a complicated process with lots of red tape, which is where we come in.
Our team specializes in helping Alabamans obtain their medical marijuana cards. We have offices in all major Alabama cities, and our compassionate doctors are here to help you through the process. Give us a call at (833)-781-5633, email us at email@example.com, or reserve your slot to meet with one of our doctors just as soon as the state’s program is up and running.
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?
If your application is approved, you should receive your card within 30 days of application.
I Received my Registry Identification Card, but my Name is Misspelled (or has Other Incorrect Information). What do I do?
If you completed your application online, simply fill out and submit the change form. If you completed a paper application, you’ll need to complete the change form and mail it to our office.
A corrected replacement card will be issued as soon as possible, but again please note that your original card will no longer be valid.
If my Registry Identification Card Expired and I Didn’t Submit my Renewal Application Before the Deadline, am I Still Eligible to Purchase Medical Marijuana?
No. When your card expires, you may no longer legally purchase marijuana. However, you may still submit your renewal application even after the expiration of your card and resume purchasing when your new card is issued.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 an as-yet-unformed commission. Alabama’s medical marijuana law allows that commission to set an application fee of no more than $65
Where are the Dispensaries Located in Alabama?
No dispensary licenses have been approved as of yet, so we don’t know yet where the dispensaries will be. However, we do know that by law the state has to be ready to accept and process applications to open and operate dispensaries by September 1, 2022. Check back here for updates, or use the form below to subscribe to our newsletter.
Is my Personal Information Kept Confidential?
Our patients’ privacy is one of our top priorities. We take steps to ensure that all of your information is protected in our secure, HIPAA-compliant filing system. We also promise not to share your contact information with any third parties