Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

April 25th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, the second major victory for cannabis reform supporters in the state within the span of a week.

The legislation would allow patients 19 and older who are suffering from one of 33 conditions to qualify for medical marijuana and obtain it at licensed dispensaries. It would also establish a commission responsible for licensing cultivators, distributors and retailers and also approving medical cannabis cards for patients.

Conditions that qualify patients for legal marijuana access include addiction, epilepsy, chronic pain, cancer and depression.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill in a 6-2 vote, with three abstentions. It will now head to the full Senate.

“We’re encouraged to see a compassionate medical cannabis bill advancing in Alabama,” Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment. “Passing medical cannabis laws should be a no-brainer for elected officials.”

“We’ve had 20 plus years to see that the laws alleviate suffering and are not causing problems. And there is perhaps no political issue that enjoys such strong popular support,” she said.

Prior to the vote, committee members heard testimony from supporters and opponents, with doctors, advocates and law enforcement weighing in on the legislation.

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