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Medical cannabis approved by Alabama senate judiciary committee

A bill that would allow for limited legal medical marijuana sales in Alabama was advanced by state lawmakers earlier this week.

The bill was advanced in a 6-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a public hearing. The bill will now be decided upon by the Alabama Senate.

If the bill passes, it would create a medical cannabis commission for cultivating, processing and establishing a licensing program for dispensaries that would depend on demand. The program would also include a registry system for patients to be issued medical cannabis cards. The bill would cap the THC content at 3 percent.  


Alabama Senate Committee unanimously approves major marijuana law reform Bill

When people think of weed-friendly states, Alabama is probably not one of the states that comes to mind. But now, a new bill could introduce some important changes to Alabama’s cannabis laws.

While the new bill will not legalize cannabis, it could go a long way toward reducing the penalties for those caught with weed. And many in the state see that as a positive step forward.

Alabama’s New Marijuana Bill

Yesterday, Alabama’s new marijuana bill cleared its first major hurdle. Specifically, it was approved by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee. In fact, the bill didn’t just pass, it passed by a unanimous 11-0 vote.

Now that it’s cleared that Committee, the bill is now in line to move on to the Senate.


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."

AL.com this week spoke with seven lawmakers - both Republicans and Democrats - and that sampling indicated there was virtually no movement in legalizing marijuana.


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