Alabama Lawmakers pushing to legalize medical marijuana

A bi-partisan coalition of 20 Alabama House lawmakers, including Republican House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, have co-sponsored a bill to legalize and regulate medical cannabis. Republican State Rep. Mike Ball introduced the bill, HB 243, on Wednesday. But Ball, who is a former agent with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, also wants lawmakers to re-up a pair of laws authorizing cannabidiol research and permitting patients with severe seizure disorders to access certain medical cannabis products.


Coffee shop serves up CBD-oil infused lattes

Revelator Coffee Company began serving CBD oil-infused lattes in all four of its Birmingham locations on Monday, and has sold dozens of the drinks in the first two days.

The coffee shop charges $1 to add three drops of CBD oil to a drink. It's featured in the Golden Latte with Relyf CBD oil.

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which some people use as a treatment for physical ailments, is made from industrial hemp, which contains a tiny percentage of THC, the intoxicating substance found in marijuana.

CBD oil can also be derived from marijuana and the Alabama Legislature has allowed limited exceptions to the law against marijuana possession for the use of CBD oil.


Hemp comes to Alabama: state approves 180 hemp farmers

Alabama has approved applications from 180 farmers who want to grow hemp, and the first crop will be planted by April, said Alabama Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate.

“The people who have applied are serious farmers,” Pate said. “These are not people who have been growing marijuana.”

A couple of applications that didn’t include the $100 application fee, or were not from qualified farmers, may have been rejected, Pate said.

“There may been one or two who wanted to grow it in their backyard,” Pate said. “That’s not the intent.”

Otherwise, no real farmers were turned down. The deadline to apply was by the start of March.

“We approved all the legitimate applications,” Pate said. “Those notifications are going out this week.”


Alabama AG says some CBD from hemp now legal

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has updated a public notice on the legal status of cannabidiol because of a provision in the farm bill that received final passage today in Congress.

The farm bill legalizes industrial hemp beyond pilot programs that Congress authorized in 2014.

Marshall’s office said that means cannabidiol derived from hemp and containing no more than than 0.3 percent THC is legal to produce, sell and possess in Alabama.


Bill would reduce Alabama penalty for marijuana possession

A bill that would reduce the penalty for marijuana possession in Alabama is scheduled for consideration on Wednesday by both the House and Senate judiciary committees.

Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, and Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, are the bill sponsors. Todd has tried with similar bills for several years to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. She believes opposition has faded and is optimistic the bill will pass.

"I haven't talked to one person who is against it," Todd said.

Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, said the bill is intended to keep young people from being saddled with serious criminal records for personal use of pot.


Alabama legalizing recreational and medical marijuana is a hoax

Alabama Govenor Kay Ivey passing a law legalizing recreational and medical marijuana in the state is false. There is no truth to the report that the state of Alabama would be allowing the use of recreational and medical marijuana. Alabama has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the country.

Possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year of incarceration. It is clear these laws have not been successful, and new evidence shows that Alabama’s laws are not being evenly enforced.


Many Central Alabamians say they support lawmakers push to decriminalize marijuana

A number of efforts are under way in Alabama, pushing to legalize the use of marijuana.

Believe it or not, a lot of people say they are for marijuana legalization in the state. According to the marijuana policy project, a nonprofit in Alabama, our state has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the country.

Possession of a single joint is punishable, by up to a year in prison. Early this year, Representative Patricia Todd filed House Bill 269, to eliminate criminal penalties for first offense possession of under an ounce of marijuana.

Folks in Alabama said they are hopeful, but they believe the state will be one of the last to change marijuana laws.


Medical marijuana in Alabama: 'Nobody really leading that fight'

For marijuana to be legalized in Alabama - whether for medical or recreational use - it must begin with the state legislature.

And that's pretty much the end of the conversation because that conversation isn't taking place these days.

"There's not been any talk here about, any serious conversations about it," said state Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, and House minority leader. "I've heard more from constituents on this issue than legislators. There's nobody really leading that fight." this week spoke with seven lawmakers - both Republicans and Democrats - and that sampling indicated there was virtually no movement in legalizing marijuana.


Pro-Marijuana Church Active in Alabama: Members Tout 'God and Cannabis'

With a stained-glass window behind them, a lineup of speakers stepped to the front of the church and talked about the potential health benefits of legalizing plants that are currently outlawed in Alabama.

"I smoke cannabis on a daily basis for my pain," said Janice Rushing, president of the Oklevueha Native American Church of Inner Light in Alabama. "If I did not, I'd be on pain pills."

Her husband, Christopher Rushing, chief executive officer of Oklevueha Native American Church of Inner Light, says he also uses marijuana routinely.

The Rushings founded the Oklevueha Church in 2015 and claim that it has a legal exemption for its members to smoke marijuana and ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms and peyote cactus.


Alabamians react to Jeff Sessions' medical marijuana comment

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has harsh words for the use of marijuana.

He wrote the criticism into a prepared speech for law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia.

In the speech, Sessions describes marijuana as "only slightly less awful" than heroin. After the speech he told reporters "medical marijuana has been hyped--maybe too much".

Dustin Chandler of Hoover calls the attorney general's comments disappointing. Chandler's daughter, Carly, was born with a neurological disorder. In 2014, Carly's Law was passed in Alabama, allowing similar patients to access cannabidiol oil through UAB.


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