Alabama

Wed
15
Jul

Disabled Veteran Sentenced to Prison Time in Alabama for Legally-Obtained Cannabis

At a time when America is trying to right its wrongs when it comes to the treatment of people of color and the war on drugs over the past few centuries, a Black, disabled veteran is still being held in prison on minor cannabis charges.

Wed
01
Jul

The Deep South’s Gradual Evolution on Cannabis

Marijuana often demonstrates the ability to win over even the most conservative of individuals. That said, winning over the hearts and minds of America’s vast regions isn’t complete until cannabis endears itself to the nation’s most conservative citizens and lawmakers in the southeast. 

Recent activity indicates that it may just be happening.

Commonly known as the Deep South, the region is the Bible Belt’s shiny, conservative buckle. It’s where conservative viewpoints almost always win out. There, progressive agendas like cannabis reform often face an uphill battle that rivals that of Sisyphus. 

Wed
25
Mar

How the Coronavirus Could Impact Alabama Hemp Farmers

Last week, Katelyn A. Kesheimer, Ph.D., was supposed to be in Colorado at the National Hemp Research & Education in Colorado. The conference, like much of life in general, was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

But that hasn’t stopped some from doing what they can to drive the industry forward this upcoming growing season. Instead, she and more than 70 other researchers from across the country joined a virtual meeting where they continued charting hemp’s future.

 “We have a vested interest in driving the research forward so growers can get the best crop,” she says.

Fri
13
Mar

Alabama Senate approves medical marijuana bill

The Alabama Senate voted 22 to 11 Thursday to allow the use of medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. 

The vote on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, came after about 5 hours of often intense debate. It goes to the House of Representatives, where it has faced difficulties in the past.

"There could have been more of an organized effort to slow it down, and I appreciate the body not doing that," Melson said after the vote. "We tried to address some very serious things. I’m not taking this bill lightly. It’s a big step for Alabama, and there’s still a long way to go."

Fri
21
Feb

Lawmakers send Alabama medical marijuana bill to Senate for full vote

Lawmakers in one of the last remaining US states where medical marijuana isn’t legal approved a bill that would allow patients in Alabama access to cannabis-based treatments. 

This week the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8 against 1, with one abstention, to move along a bill that would legalize cannabis for medical purposes in the state.

The bill introduced by Republican Senator and anesthesiologist Tim Melson will now advance to the full Senate for a vote.

Thu
20
Feb

Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Alabama Introduced

Alabam State Senator Tim Melson (R) has introduced legislation that would legalize medical marijuana throughout the state, making Alabama the 34th state to do so.

Thu
20
Feb

Alabama Senate Committee Votes in Favor of Medical Cannabis Bill

 

A bill that would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis in Alabama was approved by a legislative committee on Wednesday, clearing the way for a vote by the full Senate later this session. The bill was approved by a vote of 8-1 by the Senate Judiciary Committee, prompting applause from members of the audience.

Fri
14
Feb

Alabama State Senator Introduces New Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Is medical marijuana heading to the Heart of Dixie? That’s what Alabama state Sen. Tim Melson is fixing to do.

Wed
12
Feb

More Alabama Farmers Sign up to Grow Hemp

Jon Hegeman’s newest crop looks like marijuana. It’s got towering, feathery flowers — aka buds — and those tell-tale multi-fingered leaves.

“This is the closest thing you’ll have in Alabama to marijuana,” says Hegeman, a hemp farmer and president and co-owner of Greenway Plants.

For the first time in almost 90 years, it’s now legal to grow hemp in the U.S., including in Alabama. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp off a list of drugs the federal government says have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

Fri
27
Dec

Medical marijuana debate to likely return in 2020

The new year is around the corner, and coming with it, a new debate over medical marijuana in Alabama.

In December, the Medical Cannabis Study Commission submitted its final report on the issue.

State leaders created the commission in the 2019 session and tasked it with providing recommendations on how the state should move forward.

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