Alabama: Medical Cannabis Bill Moves to Full Senate Judiciary


Cannabis and all of its uses are currently illegal in Alabama and has been since 1931 but all of that could possibly change. A bill was passed decreasing the penalties for anyone who found in the possession of cannabis in Alabama and this legislature was finally passed on April 17

In 2014, Carly’s Law was passed in Alabama which approved the trials of CBD oil to treat children with seizures at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The bill does not include any larger issues with the legalization of cannabis, merely just scratching the surface. The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee recently passed a bill allowing people with certain illnesses to use medical cannabis.

The bill that was passed created the CARE Act which gives permission to people with medical conditions to get a valid medical cannabis card in order to use medical marijuana. According to this bill, a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, and certified nurse practitioner would only treat someone with an illness or certain condition making them eligible for a medical cannabis card. There was an amendment to the bill that everyone should see at least two doctors, including a specialist, to receive the card.

Dr Jerzy Szaflarski a professor of neurology at UAB (The University of Alabama at Birmingham) displayed his keen support and interest in making medical marijuana legal for all. He concluded in his recent announcement that cannabis products are not as harmful as other supplements for treating certain illnesses. He said that people with certain illnesses do require medical cannabis and if they are not able to receive the proper treatment, people will be forced to find it on there own.

Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier showed his support for the bill, by putting forward his statement that medical cannabis is less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes. Leni’s Law named after Leni Young who suffered from seizure problem gives permission only to adults that suffer from seizures to receive a medicinal cannabis card. HB 243 after bringing some changes in Leni’s Law would allow people with a much wider range of problems to access medicinal cannabis.

HB 243 would also allow Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, which would issue the medical cannabis card for providing licenses for cultivation, processing, and sale of cannabis in the state.


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