Alabama Cannabis Cultivator License 2022
If you’re interested in becoming part of the cannabis industry in Alabama, now is the time! The Alabama Medical Cannabis Cultivator License offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and farmers who are looking to get started in this rapidly growing industry. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it!
Alabama is on the verge of something big. In September, the state will deploy an Alabama cannabis business licensing program that includes a cannabis cultivators license, that targets entrepreneurs who may start businesses and cultivate cannabis for medicinal use. This is an exciting opportunity for Alabama residents that want to start their own business, and it’s sure to create new jobs in the state.
Can you get a license to grow medical cannabis in Alabama?
Yes, you can. Alabama has officially become the 36th state to legalize medical cannabis in the United States after Governor Kay Ivey signed the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act into law.
You must request an application by September 17, 2022 and then if you are selected you have until December 31, 2022 to complete your cultivation license application materials. Alabama is going to award only 12 cultivator licenses, so be very careful in drafting your application. We can help and have won difficult to get licenses in other competitive and limited license jurisdictions.
What is an Alabama Marijuana Cultivators License?
The Alabama marijuana cultivators license (also referred to as the Alabama growers license or permit) is a document issued to growers and farmers to cultivate medical cannabis statewide. It allows the licensees to be part of the cannabis industry by lawfully growing cannabis, hemp, and marijuana.
Who will issue Alabama cultivators licenses?
As with other Alabama cannabis business licenses, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) will be the ruling state body that issues and evaluates the application from parties interested in becoming part of the industry.
Additionally to the AMCC, the state’s Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be involved in the cannabis cultivators licensing process that starts in September of this year. Both the AMCC and the ADPI will issue no more than 12 cultivator licenses.
Activities authorized by a cannabis cultivators license in Alabama
The Alabama marijuana cultivators license authorizes farmers, growers, and certified licensees to:
- Cultivate cannabis
- Sell and transfer cannabis to a licensed processor
- Sell and transfer cannabis to a licensed dispensary if the cultivator signed a contract with a processor to process medical cannabis on the cultivator’s behalf.
Requirements for an Alabama medical cannabis cultivators license
As with other Alabama cannabis business licenses, the applicant must submit certain basic information to the AMCC:
- Type of license you’re applying to
- Business address
- Business email address
- Business phone number
- Social Security Number or Federal Tax Identification Number
- Have no prior felony convictions
Lastly, there are requirements specific to an Alabama cultivation license that an applicant must comply with. These requirements are mandatory from both the AMCC and the ADAI.
These requirements include demonstrating that the applicant:
- can secure and maintain cultivation facilities.
- can obtain and use an AMCC-issued inventory control and tracking system.
- can begin cannabis cultivation within 60 days after the application has been approved and dutifully notified.
- can destroy unused or wasted cannabis while complying with the ADAI regulations.
- has the financial stability to provide proper testing of individual lots and batches.
Regulations for a Medical cannabis cultivator licensee
To correctly operate a farm or cultivation facility in the cannabis industry, the ADAI has set a series of regulations for a Medical cannabis cultivator. These regulations must be adopted by the licensees for their correct business operations in their facilities:
- All the licensee’s facilities must have a security alarm system, be enclosed, and remain locked at all times.
- Everyone that enters or exits the facilities shall be monitored by video surveillance and keypad or access card entry.
- All employees must have no convictions within the past 10 years related to controlled-substance felonies or misdemeanors. The sole exception is that the sentence was overturned on appeal.
- The ADAI must approve selected cultivars before the licensee acquires cultivation material.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Program is still in its early stages, but if you’re looking to get a jump on the competition and be one of the licensed growers when cannabis production and selling begins in 2022, we’re here to help.
Our team of experts can guide you through every step of the licensing process, from understanding the requirements to submitting your application. Ready to apply? Contact us today for more information!