Alabama Rehab Treatment Centers
The state of Alabama has a population of 4,802,740, and the capital city of this state is Montgomery. There are around 44,000 individuals in Alabama on probation, and another 28,000 people who are in the prison system here. Marijuana is the drug most commonly used across the state of Alabama, but crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and cocaine are also frequently used as well. The use of heroin and club drugs is small but these numbers have been increasing in recent years, especially near larger cities like Mobile and Birmingham. A warmer climate allows the cultivation of marijuana, both indoors and outside, but much of this drug is imported by the drug cartels as well.
Cocaine is another problem drug in Alabama, and this is imported mainly from Mexico along the border states. Most of the cocaine supplied to Alabama comes through the nearby drug trafficking hubs of Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida. Meth is becoming a serious problem across Alabama, and this drug is brought in by drug cartels and by motorcycle gangs in the street. Police across the state have seen an increasing number of hidden meth labs and in the number of meth seizures when the drug is imported. The drug cartels use commercial semis, rented vehicles, boats, planes, and other transportation methods to bring methamphetamine into Alabama.
Alabama has a smaller problem with heroin in the state, but the trends concerning this drug are alarming to many. Heroin use is rising while the actual price of this drug on the street in most areas is falling. Both New York and Jamaica are the biggest sources of heroin that is brought into Alabama. Prescription drug abuse is also becoming more common in the state.
First offenders who are caught with up to 2.2 lbs of marijuana face a Class A Misdemeanor, and this charge can be punished with up to 1 year in jail and financial fines up to $6,000. Any offense that involves more than 2.2 lbs, or involves the cultivation, manufacture, or sale of marijuana is a felony and can result in 10 years or more in prison together with fines up to $15,000. Alabama has mandatory minimum sentences for many drug offenses, including repeat marijuana offenses. The state also has enacted a law that requires a marijuana tax stamp. This law requires that anyone who possesses marijuana in any amount must buy a tax stamp and affix the stamp to the drug. If this is not done then additional criminal and financial penalties can be applied.