The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) was established by the Alabama legislature during the 2021 legislative session and signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. The AMCC consists of fourteen board members appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senate Pro Tem., Agriculture and Industries Commissioner, State Health Officer, Attorney General, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Board members must have expertise in a range of fields, including medicine, pharmacy, agricultural lending and practices, law enforcement, legal compliance, and mental health.
The AMCC works to implement and administer the laws by making medical cannabis derived from cannabis grown in Alabama available to registered qualified patients and by licensing facilities that process, transport, test or dispense medical cannabis. The AMCC is authorized to both administer and enforce the laws and rules relating to medical cannabis.
Dispensaries are required to be licensed by the Commission. Dispensaries shall be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, § 20-2A-64, Code of Alabama 1975 (as amended), and other applicable sections of the Act. Dispensary Licenses shall be awarded only to qualified applicants.
The Commission shall grant no more than four dispensary licenses.
Each dispensary licensee may operate no more than three dispensing sites, provided that each dispensing site shall be located in a separate county from other dispensing sites operated by the same dispensary licensee.
Licensees having received a notice of award granting a license shall have 14 days (as to the initial offering, until 4:00 p.m., CDT, June 26, 2023, or within 14 days of the issuance of the notice of award) to submit the appropriate license fee. The Amount of the license fee for each Applicant which has been awarded a license shall be in accordance with the annual license fee established by the Commission, which shall be as set forth in the schedule of fees, and payable electronically via the payment portal, both of which shall be contained on the AMCC website. Licensees shall be responsible for any and all transaction fees that may be assessed for their use of the payment portal.