Dothan has become the 10th city in Alabama to pass an ordinance embracing the state's new attitude toward medical cannabis.

Dothan City commissioners approved an ordinance at their meeting Tuesday authorizing the operation of medical cannabis dispensing sites within the city.

The commissioners also approved a set of new business license fees specific to cannabis businesses. 

According to the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, nine other cities and four counties have approved similar ordinances.

Medical cannabis in Alabama will have a sales tax of 9% and an excise tax of 9%.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission began accepting applications September 1 from companies seeking a medical marijuana grower, processor, transporter or dispensary license.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission must approve dispensaries before getting a license through municipalities. Municipalities and counties must pass an ordinance to permit dispensaries before approving any licenses.

Medical cannabis in Alabama may be offered in forms such as pills, patches, gels and oils, but by state law will not be available in leafy form, edibles or through smoking.

The state is accepting applications through December 30 and plans to begin issuing licenses July 10, 2023.

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