Medical Marijuana Bill Passes in Alabama Senate Committee


  • Last modified: February 9, 2021

BY:

A proposal to allow medical marijuana in Alabama was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

Senate Bill 46, called the Compassion Act, was proposed by Republican State Sen. Tim Melson of Florence. It passed by a vote of 8-3. The bill will now go to the senate floor.

The proposal calls for establishing an 11-member Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to license growers, oversee cultivation, implement regulations and oversee dispensing of medical marijuana to patients who qualify for a medical cannabis card.

Melson’s bill won approval by the senate last year but died when the legislature shut down early due to COVID-19.

This year’s bill is the same, along with amendments added on the Senate floor last year.

“It’s encouraging to see lawmakers making progress towards legalizing medical marijuana in Alabama,” Karen O’Keefe, state policies director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment, which is tracking the bill. “It is morally wrong to continue to treat Alabamians who suffer from serious medical conditions as criminals for using a substance that is now legal in 36 states. However, we urge lawmakers to revise the provisions of the bill that create significant barriers for patients and their physicians.” [Read More @ Alabama.com]

BY:



More from our Blog

Mar 02
Scholarships Available for Cannabis Job Training at HCC

The Cannabis Education Center at Holyoke Community College is offering scholarships to…

Mar 02
From GrubHub To Cannabis: An Entrepreneur’s Life-Long Bet On Home Deliveries

“This is my life,” says cannnabis industry CEO Adam Berk. And it is true:…

Mar 02
The Proto-Indo Europeans and Indo-European Cannabis Cult

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Indo-European language is the mother tongue of many…

Mar 02
Virginia Joins 15 Other States in Legalizing Marijuana

The Virginia Legislature approved adult-use marijuana legalization Saturday in a…

Mar 02
The Best New Cannabis Strains to Grow in 2021

Americans smoke about 30 million pounds of cannabis each year, analysts estimate. All…

Mar 02
CBD Business Loans: Where to Find One and How to Apply?

The Difference Between Cannabis and CBD/Hemp Businesses Compared to businesses that…