Alabama

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.

Tue
24
Dec

Alabama Study Commission Votes To Recommend Medical Cannabis Legislation

An Alabama commission tasked with studying medical cannabis has voted to recommend legalization. On Friday, the commission voted 12-6 in favor of legislation that would legalize and regulate medical cannabis in Alabama. Now, Republican Sen. Tim Melson, who chaired the commission, says the next move is to bring a draft of the bill reviewed by the group to the floor during the next legislative session. Melson will sponsor and introduce that bill at the start of the February 2020 session.

Tue
12
Nov

Alabama commission discusses draft of medical marijuana bill

For the last three months, the commission appointed to determine whether medical marijuana is right for Alabama has held public hearings and heard testimony. Now, the panel might have something to show for it: actual legislation.

Tim Melson, a Republican state senator who serves as chair of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Study Commission, said last week that he has a draft of a medical marijuana bill that is nearly ready to be proposed in the legislature.

Wed
30
Oct

Farmers with a license can grow hemp but cannot sell hemp products to the public

Monday, the Alabama Political Reporter talked with Gail Ellis with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries about industrial hemp and complaints from hemp farmers that their state licenses are too restrictive.

Ellis told APR that it is illegal in Alabama for a farmer to sell hemp material to the general public or to anyone without a hemp license.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked about the legality of smokable hemp products being widely marketed in the state.

Thu
15
Aug

Alabama Commission considers medical marijuana proposal

A 15-person panel in Alabama convened for the first time Tuesday to consider whether medical marijuana is right for the state.

The panel, known as the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, was born out of a bill to legalize medical cannabis that was introduced in the Alabama state legislature earlier this year. As lawmakers called for more information, the legislation was shifted from a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to instead appoint a commission to study the issue.

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