Alabama lawmakers take initial step of legalizing limited medical cannabis

Alabama lawmakers advanced a bill that would establish a limited medical marijuana sales and taxation program to treat debilitating illnesses and conditions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 in favor of the bill after a public hearing. The bill now moves to the full Alabama Senate, which is Republican-controlled.

The bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence would:

  • Cap THC content at 3%.
  • Establish a Medical Cannabis Commission that would develop a cultivation, processing and dispensary licensing regime based in part on projected market demand. The agency would issue those licensing rules no later than Jan. 1, 2021.

Proponents of the bill said medical marijuana has been proved to help people with some illnesses without the danger of opioids.

Opponents asked lawmakers to keep all marijuana illegal, predicting an MMJ program would be abused.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

Comments ( 12)
  1. Ari on

    Which ever police officer said that marijuana is not a safe drug and that it’s dangerous, is a real idiot he clearly has not done any research or anything he is just going off simply how he was raised now believe it or not him saying that on tv was ludicrous and a lie he should be fired for lying to people on national television, it is not dangerous and it is not “highly addictive”

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  2. Roy Dean on

    Thank God states are approving medical marijuana . I suffer from muscular dystrophy and have been down the pill trail. I took myself off the opiods after my brother died in 2015 from scrosis of the liver without ever drinking, when we were cleaning his apartment out and he had over a dozen different prescription drugs,half which were narcotic. I began smoking marijuana in 2015 and now am facing a criminal charge because police stormed my place because they smelled it. So yay for any advancement in medical marijuana

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  3. Kevin S. on

    I’s about time, we are always the last state to have things like this passed. Glaucoma treatment is one of the reason this should pass. Treatment is to prevent loss of vision, Medical Cannabis is a non invasive way to treat a very bad disease that effects a lot of older people.

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  4. Jeremiah Johnson on

    Setting a ridiculous no-helping limit of 3 percent is …well ridiculous! Better just to keep things as they are and wait for the rest of the country to get legal and wake up Alabama in the process. There was another state that tried to pull the same thing. 3%? Have they checked to see what works in other states and what doesn’t? Do they need someone else to take the reins and plan something more feasible and reasonable to “We the people”?

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