Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

After hours of tense debate, the Alabama Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Lawmakers voted 22-10 in support of the legislation, which would allow qualifying patients to purchase certain medical marijuana products from state-licensed dispensaries. Cannabis intended for smoking or vaping would be prohibited under the proposal, meaning only preparations such as tablets, topicals and certain infused edibles would be available. “I think in this day and time, with the opioid crisis, we need to try alternative medicines that will help people,” said Sen. David Sessions (R), who voted to pass the bill. With the Senate’s approval on Wednesday, the proposal now heads to the House, where its prospects are unclear. Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R) has been noncommittal, telling reporters last month that he was in “wait and see mode.” The state’s attorney general, meanwhile, has urged lawmakers to oppose any move to legalize. The bill, SB 165, would establish a state Medical Cannabis Commission to register patients and oversee licensing businesses. Under the measure, patients suffering from specified conditions would qualify for the program. Those include anxiety, cancer, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Patients would be able to purchase up to a 70-day supply at a time, and there would be a cap of 32 dispensaries allowed in the state. Products would be tested for potency and contaminants, and sales from licensed dispensaries would be subject to a nine percent tax. Part of those funds would go toward creating…

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