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Alabama allows for the medical use of cannabis but does not permit recreational use. Employers in Alabama have certain rights and responsibilities related to cannabis use by their employees.

Legal Status: Medical Only

Protections for Medicinal Users & Exceptions:

Alabama does not provide specific legal protections for employees using medical cannabis. Employers can adopt policies requiring employees to disclose their medical cannabis card status. However, employers are not required to accommodate the use of medical cannabis or modify working conditions for medical users. They may refuse to hire, discipline, or take adverse actions against employees using medical cannabis, even if they are not impaired at work.

Restrictions on Testing for Cannabis:

Employers in Alabama can establish and enforce drug testing policies, including those prohibiting the use of medical cannabis in the workplace.


Employers have the discretion to establish policies regarding cannabis use by employees. They are not obligated to accommodate cannabis use, even for medical purposes. Alabama law does not place significant restrictions on an employer’s right to manage cannabis use among employees.