A new association has launched to represent and support the state’s growing medical cannabis industry.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Association‘s stated mission is “to protect and promote a rational and compassionate approach to Alabama’s emerging medical cannabis regulatory framework,” be a resource for policymakers and support business opportunities for the industry.
Patrick Lindsey is the group’s executive director.
“It is a true honor to serve as the first executive director of this novel association, which is launching at the perfect time to advance the wellbeing and future of Alabamians,” Lindsey said in a written statement. “With illicit and deadly fentanyl lacing street drugs and the opioid epidemic ravaging communities across our state, there has never been more of a need for safe, controlled, medically prescribed cannabis in Alabama.
This association will work diligently every single day to ensure Alabama’s medical cannabis system is a commonsense operation that successfully saves lives, eases suffering, promotes law and order, and supports Alabama agriculture and small businesses.”
Alva Lambert is the group’s deputy director.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, the state agency created under the 2021 law allowing some forms of medical marijuana for a limited number of medical conditions, is currently receiving applications from potential businesses who want to operate under the law. The commission can award up to 12 cultivator licenses, four processor licenses, four dispensary licenses, five integrated facility licenses and an unspecified number of secure transport and state testing laboratory licenses.
Separately, municipalities around the state are deciding if they will allow dispensaries within their boundaries.
Marijuana products likely are expected to be available for patients late next year or in early 2024.
Other advocate groups include the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association.