Alabama Cannabis History
The use of cannabis has been prohibited in Alabama since 1931, and the state’s medical marijuana program is currently limited to CBD products. However, as of February 2, 2021, Sen. Tim Melson’s Compassion Act — SB46 was approved by the Alabama Senate. If passed, the bill would allow for registered patients with qualifying conditions to use access medical cannabis products, making it the 37th medical marijuana state. A summary of the bill can be found here.
Like all states that authorize the use of CBD products, Alabama mandates that the packaging is child-resistant and labeled in accordance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). Under the FDCA, the labels of any product sold in the United States, including child-resistant CBD and marijuana packaging, must contain four basic elements:
- An identity statement saying what the product is
- The net weight
- An ingredient list, with hemp, CBD, and THC clearly identified
- The name and address of the manufacturer/distributor.
Alabama Child Resistant Packaging Rules
Child-resistant packaging rules apply to the CBD products currently available as a way to safeguard children while making medicines accessible to the elderly, much like prescription medicines. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act establishes the standards for child-safe packaging on many products, including those containing medical and recreational marijuana products.