Wednesday, April 22

Legalization of Weed in Alabama : Senate committee gives OK to medical marijuana bill

In a somewhat surprising move, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill passed in an Alabama Senate committee on Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Sen. Bobby Singleton's bill a favorable report on a 4-3 vote after little debate. The Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act can now be considered on the Senate floor.
Senate leadership could, however, refuse to put the bill on a calendar so it can be debated and voted on by the full body.
A standing room only crowd filled the committee room hoping to participate in a public hearing on the bill. That hearing, however, was taken off the committee agenda prior to the meeting.
Jeremy, one of those medical marijuana supporters who didn't want his last name used, said he is happy the committee passed the bill. He has considered moving out of state in order to purchase medical marijuana for treatment of his cerebral palsy.
He said traditional prescription drugs don't work for him.
"I have been more than 10 years sober waiting for something like this," Jeremy said.
Republicans have a super-majority in the Alabama Legislature, but the medical marijuana bill managed to pass today with a Democratic majority.
The favorable report was likely achieved because Republican senators Arthur Orr, Greg Reed and Tom Whatley didn't attend the meeting. Sen. Greg Albritton, a Republican, abstained.

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