›› Alabama: Substance Abuse Laws
Mandatory minimum sentence: When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.
Marijuana tax stamps:
This state has a marijuana tax stamp law
enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required
to purchase and affix state-issued stamps
onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal
Alabama Legislatorial News: