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On this page you will find Alabama hemp law along with a history of how Alabama hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years. We also provide links to important information concerning Alabama hemp programs and state agency advisories or opinion letters. Our goal is to keep the public, media and policy makers informed on each states status concerning hemp law and policy.



Alabama Hemp Resources

Alabama legislative tracking – Alison

Alabama Hemp Law and Legislation

Current Alabama Hemp Law

Section 2-8-380 Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as the Alabama Industrial
Hemp Research Program Act. (Act 2016-293, §1.)…

Section 2-8-381 Definitions. As used in this article the following words shall have the following
meanings: (1) DEPARTMENT. The Department of Agriculture and Industries. (2) GROWER. Any person,
business entity, or cooperative licensed to grow industrial hemp by the department
or an institution of higher education pursuant to this article. (3) HEMP PRODUCTS.
Any and all products made from industrial hemp, including, but not limited to, cloth,
cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, seed, seed meal and seed
oil for consumption, and seed for cultivation if the seeds originate from industrial hemp
varieties. (4) INDUSTRIAL HEMP. All parts and varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa,
cultivated or possessed by a licensed grower, whether growing or not, that contain a delta-9
tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Industrial
hemp shall be considered an agricultural crop or an agricultural commodity, or both,
in all…

Section 2-8-382 Purposes; programs; legislative findings. (a) The purpose of this article is
to assist Alabama in the development of a more permanent, profitable, and diversified agriculture
by moving to the forefront of industrial hemp production, development, and commercialization
of hemp products in agribusiness, and other business sectors, both nationally and globally
and to the greatest extent possible. These purposes may be accomplished, in part, through
all of the following: (1) An industrial hemp research program overseen by the department,
working exclusively or in conjunction with other research partners. This research program
may include the planting, cultivation, and analysis of industrial hemp demonstration
plots by selected growers that are licensed by the department pursuant to this article. (2)
An institution of higher education’s program to conduct industrial hemp research. (3)
The pursuit by the department or an institution of higher education of any federal permits…

Section 2-8-383 Rulemaking authority; disposition of funds; powers and duties of department.
(a) The department may adopt rules in accordance with the Alabama Administrative Procedure
Act, as necessary to administer an industrial hemp research program and to license
growers to grow industrial hemp pursuant to this article, including rules establishing
reasonable fees for licenses, permits, or other necessary expenses to defray the cost of implementing
and operating the industrial hemp research program in this state on an ongoing basis.
All revenue collected pursuant to rules promulgated for the industrial hemp research
under this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Agricultural
Fund. (b) The department or an institution of higher education may pursue any permits or waivers
from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration or appropriate federal agency that
are necessary for the advancement of the industrial hemp research program. (c) The…

Section 20-2-2 manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. Such
term does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil
or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative,
mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber,
oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination. Marijuana
does not include industrial hemp as defined in Article 11 of Chapter 8 of Title 2.
(15) NARCOTIC DRUG. Any of the following, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction
from substances of vegetable origin or independently by means of chemical synthesis or by
a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis: a. Opium and opiate and any salt, compound,
derivative, or preparation of opium or opiate. b. Any salt, compound, isomer, derivative,
or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any…

Alabama Hemp Legislation History

2016
SB 347

Industrial hemp, manufactured by Agriculture and Industries Department or university, Agriculture Dept. to authorize, exemption from definition of marijuana for purposes on controlled substances list.

HB 393

Industrial hemp, manufactured by Agriculture and Industries Department or university, Agriculture Dept. to authorize, exemption from definition of marijuana for purposes on controlled substances list.

2014
HB 487

Controlled substances, Schedule I, marijuana, term excludes industrial hemp,

2013
HB 550

The Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013. Defines industrial hemp and sets a date, July 1, 2014, by which the Legislature shall enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. (Bill has many drug policy components as well)