Alabama gov signs bill establishing medical marijuana study group

Alabama won’t become the latest state to legalize medical cannabis this year, but it took a potential step forward for 2020.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that would set up a medical marijuana commission to study the issue and then make recommendations to the Alabama Legislature next year on how to implement a medical cannabis program, Montgomery TV station WSFA reported.

The bill was a result of a compromise between state lawmakers in the waning hours of the 2019 legislative session, after an attempt at MMJ legalization passed the state Senate but then hit a wall in a House committee.

The new commission will have 15 members, including doctors and other appointees from the governor, state lawmakers and the Alabama attorney general.

Draft legislation and MMJ policy recommendations are due to the Legislature by Dec. 1.

The bill also extends a statute that allows some patients to access CBD oil through a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

9 comments on “Alabama gov signs bill establishing medical marijuana study group
  1. DR on

    This is a farce, they will pad the committee with anti cannabis religious zealots and the bill will go no where or will be so restrictive to patients that it will basically be a “on paper only” legalized medical cannabis law.

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  2. Sherry on

    Alabama will be last again. Last in Education and the last state to approve medical marijuana. We lead the country in something. Unjust sentences for marijuana possession. And the young person caught with a little weed is housed with rapists, killers and theifs.

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  3. Karen Howard on

    I have Multiple Sclerosis, i need medical cannabis so bad !! I am tired of getting it, and worrying about law enforcement when i should not have to, i am dying, it helps pain some, it helps to calm my nerves, helps me relax, helps my appetite, i dont stress out so much, helps my sleep, keeps me from thinking so much, oh my goodness, and much more, it helps so much! Why wouldn’t the state let the people who medically need it, have it? I don’t understand. I live less than an hour away where it’s legal. I should not have to risk my skin for something that helps so much!!! Come on Alabama, do your people right. The sick need you. Stand up for us!

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  4. Crickett mccown on

    I ask each and everyone in office to take a real strong look at our drug companies giving opioids you people who are in severe pain. Who only ask for a little relief. People who do not want to be called a drug addict. Have a open mind when you see a cancer victim who cannot eat who’s pain is so strong that they only want some relief. For a parkinson patient who cant hold a fork or a spoon who’s tremors are so great. That medical marijuana would calm the tremors down . A child suffering from seizures
    Who only wants to live a somewhat normal life. I ask for your mercy as I have seen this all first hand. Please make this available to the sick. Give them that opportunity to have a choice. Thank you.

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  5. John Irvin on

    I see the Commission has been updated from 11 members to 15.
    The A.G. Steve Marshall expressed some concerns over the detection of D.U.I. of cannabis.
    Experienced Law Enforcement agents are well aware of the tell tale signs. However, the effects of cannabis differs widely from one individual to another. I’m sure a saliva/urine field test that reacts to certain thresholds that mirror certain concentrations can be developed. As for transportation, the same open container laws that apply to alcohol can easily be applied.
    Grow stocks (seeds/clones, etc.) could be acquired from local police department evidence lockers so as to avoid any complications that would ensue by the interstate transportation of said grow stocks.
    The taxes for any prospective growers could be in total of around 49%. Then, there is the question of who can grow it. Will the private sector be able to participate or, will the state command total control? In my estimate, $5.00 per gram (wholesale) would totally eliminate the criminal element. The retail market could double that rate or, even triple it. Now, at $5.00 per gram, a 100 pound yield would sell for $240,000.00 Half would go to taxes Then, there is operating costs, after which, For the private sector, this is a cash cow and, the revenues to the State would be off of the charts.
    I move that any legal cannabis in Alabama should be totally by and, for Alabama.
    There are 4 major players in this new industry and, all of them are based in Canada. They are making billions. Come on Alabama, get with it.

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