What are the penalties for marijuana possession in Alabama?

Alabama is not one of the states that has decriminalized marijuana. If you are living in the state or have just moved here, you should understand the consequences of getting caught with marijuana. Even being caught with a small amount can have much harsher consequences than in other states.


 Alabama is not like most other states, as according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Alabama does not have specific legislation regarding the amount of marijuana one is in possession of. Instead, the law differentiates punishments by intent.

Possession with the intent of personal use is a misdemeanor in Alabama punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $6,000. However, if you are found to have the marijuana for any kind of purpose involving other people, the fine increases to a maximum of $15,000, and you could be put in prison for a felony for up to ten years.

Be warned, however, that if you are caught with concentrate, also known as hashish, it will not matter why you had it or how much you had. You can face a felony charge with a prison sentence of as much as ten years and a fine of up to $15,000

 One last thing you should know is that a marijuana conviction will typically result in a six month suspension of driving privileges. Possess of paraphernalia is also a misdemeanor.

This article is meant to inform you and is not a form of legal advice.

Attorney Brad Hawley

Attorney Brad HawleyAttorney Brad Hawley possesses years of practical experience focused on bankruptcy, civil and criminal defense. He has prosecuted and defended clients in state court, and is a former enlisted member of the United States Army. Brad is driven by his desire to help people that have been hurt by the legal system, and is dedicated to fixing injustices he sees around him. [ Attorney Bio ]

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