Alabama Governor Hopes To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill After Reviewing Its Provisions

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Alabama’s governor said on Friday that she hopes to sign a medical marijuana bill that lawmakers sent to her desk this week, but only after she takes a close look at its provisions. “I hope, after thoroughly reviewing it, we can sign the bill,” Gov. Kay Ivey (R) told WFSA-TV, adding that she’s aware of cannabis’s medical benefits but also has some concerns. “It helps some people, but you just don’t want it to get out of control,” she said. #NEW @GovernorKayIvey tells me she hopes to sign the medical marijuana bill after thoroughly reviewing it. #alpolitics — Lydia Nusbaum (@LydiaNusbaum) May 7, 2021 The governor has expressed openness to past medical cannabis proposals, but earlier on Friday, a spokesperson for her office declined to say what action she would take on this latest bill. “As with any piece of legislation that reaches the governor’s desk, we look forward to thoroughly reviewing it,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to Marijuana Moment. “We appreciate the debate from the Legislature on the topic. This is certainly an emotional issue. We are sensitive to that and will give it the diligence it deserves.” While the measure was approved with a two-to-one margin in both the House and Senate, some Republican lawmakers vigorously opposed its passage, staging a lengthy filibuster earlier this week that delayed the final votes. The legislation hasn’t been formally transmitted to Ivey’s desk yet. But when it is, the state Constitution sets a tight deadline for gubernatorial action. While the legislature is in session, the governor has six days from the time she gets the bill to either approve, veto or take no action and let it go into law without her signature. She could also propose line-item amendments and send it back to lawmakers, who could then approve…

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