Millions of dollars' worth of marijuana seized in Cullman County

Cullman County authorities have carried out the second-largest marijuana seizure in Alabama this year. 

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Cullman Narcotics Enforcement agents located 1,800 rooted, mature marijuana plants in the Arkadelphia community of Cullman County. 

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said it was an elaborate organization with an advanced water filtration system and tents set up where he believes people have been living for months, tending to the plants. 

"This is a huge bust for us in Cullman County, because it seized approximately $3.6 million worth of marijuana," Gentry said. 

With the help of the Cullman police helicopter, Cullman County officials say it took approximately five hours to get all of the plants cut down.  


"Lives Are at Stake": GOP Senator Suggests Marijuana Can Be Deadly

A U.S. senator on Thursday connected President Barack Obama’s comments on marijuana to drug overdose deaths.

Amid a lengthy speech calling for increased penalties for drug offenders, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted that Obama had admitted to smoking marijuana. Last year, the president said that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol.

“I think it needs to be said that the president should never have said smoking marijuana is like smoking cigarettes: ‘Oh, I wish I hadn’t done it,’ Sessions said on the Senate floor. “That is the kind of message people hear. Now we have states legalizing it, and they are already talking about recriminalizing it. It is a mistake. We have seen that experiment before. Lives are at stake.”


Owner claims burned 'Weed World' van at concert worth $100,000-plus

MADISON -- A burning van that briefly entertained spectators attending a concert at Breese Stevens Field on Friday night was owned by an Alabama man who told Madison firefighters he had invested $100,000 into customizing the cab for his business.

The business is Weed World Candies, which sells marijana-flavored lollipops.

The burned-out 1999 Chevy Express van appeared to be a total loss and was the target of many amateur photographers outside the Avett Brothers concert. It was bright green, and was apparently part of a fleet of vehicles that travel the country selling marijuana-flavored candy and baked goods.


From Alabama to California: Family moves to obtain medical marijuana

Aubrie Hill, 20, grew up in Huntsville but moved to California earlier this month to have legal access to medical marijuana to help treat her epilepsy.

The passion and the energy resonated from California to Alabama, the video interview providing a window into the raw determination that drives Vicki Hill.

She left 32 years of her life behind in Huntsville to relocate to northern California in search of a medical marijuana sanctuary for her 20-year-old daughter, Aubrie, who has suffered from epilepsy since she was 5.


Spice: The truth behind the cannabis substitute wreaking havoc and claiming lives in Alabama

Then came the suicides. Brandon Murphree had just graduated from the only highschool in town, earning a full-ride scholarship to Jacksonville State University, right up the road. Murphree was handsome and popular. College was going to be a party.

But the party started early, then went sour. A few weeks after Murphree graduated, his parents started finding empty packets of Spice, or synthetic marijuana, scattered around the house. At the same time, their son began acting erratically. Normally happy and polite, he was suddenly sullen and rude. But the bizarre mood swings were only the beginning of the Murphrees’ midsummer nightmare.


Sea weed? Packages of marijuana wash ashore in North Carolina, Alabama


An Alabama man stumbled upon a 10-pound package of marijuana that washed up on the beach.

Multiple news outlets report that Ron Smith was taking a morning walk near the Cotton Bayou Beach access in Orange Beach on Tuesday when he noticed what he thought was a seat cushion floating in the water.

Upon closer inspection, he realized the package was actually a bag full of compressed marijuana.

Smith called police, who picked up the package. Authorities say the bag weighed 10 pounds and was worth about $8,000.


Medicinal marijuana advocates rally at Vestavia Hills City hall

If you drove along Highway 31 this afternoon in Vestavia Hills, you might have seen a crowd gathered in front of City Hall.

Members of the Alabama Safe Access Project held a rally around 1 p.m. on Saturday in support of Senate Bill 326.

That bill would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Alabama.

The legislation would allow patients who suffer from 25 specific conditions to use a limited amount of marijuana, a maximum of 10 ounces per month.

Supporters want to see the bill make it to the Senate floor for debate before the end of the regular legislative session.


Alabama 'We aren't deterred'

Alabama medical marijuana advocates are set to hold a protest rally in the home district of state Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Saturday.

Medical marijuana legislation (Senate Bill 326) received approval in a Senate committee last week, but Republican lawmakers are hesitant to put Sen. Bobby Singleton's bill on the calendar to even be discussed on the Senate floor.

Waggoner, chairman of the Senate rules committee, told that Alabama isn't ready to allow medical marijuana usage, but he would poll members of the committee about putting it on the calendar.


The girl who inspired Carly's Law will soon get marijuana-derived CBD for treating seizures

One of the latest patients to begin the University of Alabama at Birmingham's study known as Carly's Law that uses a marijuana-derived medication to treat severe seizures is the young girl who inspired the legislation.

Carly Chandler, the 4-year-old from the Birmingham area who has a rare genetic disorder that causes multiple seizures daily, is expected to soon receive her first treatment of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, her father, Dustin Chandler, said in an interview.

"It's almost a little bit of shock that it's actually here," Chandler said, thinking about when he had walked the halls of the Alabama Legislature almost two years ago to start generating support for allowing use of the experimental medication to treat seizures.


Father of Alabama teen with autism wants medical marijuana opponents to reconsider

Monday wasn't a very good day for 13-year-old Mary Ann Coleman who suffers from low-functioning autism.

The report sent home from Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center where Mary Ann attends day school shows she tried to hurt herself 337 times Monday while at school or riding the bus, her father Mark Coleman said. That number has been as high as 800; a typical day though is about 40.

"(Mary Ann) scratches herself to the point where she bleeds," he said. "She hits herself upside the ear. She pulls her hair out. She slams her head into the wall .... She has gone through my bay window. She had gone through two windows at school."


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