Medical Marijuana Bill to be Introduced Next Year

Medical Marijuana Bill to be Introduced Next Year

By Zach Hester, Reporter •

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — After meeting last Thursday, Alabama’s Medical Marijuana Commission say they will be ready to introduce a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the next legislative session. The deadline to file a bill is December 1. 

Republican state Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence), who championed a bill last spring, introduced a draft of a bill to the commission at the November 7 meeting. He explained the draft as “[a] bill that gives medical cannabis to the people who need and [keeps] it out of the hands of those who don’t.” 

Just a few of the qualifying medical conditions of the draft bill includes: Crohn’s disease, autism spectrum disorder, HIV/AIDs-related nausea and weight loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.

Gina Maiola, spokeswoman for the Office of Governor Kay Ivey, said that the Governor remains aware of the complexities of this issue. 

The Alabama Legislature’s 2020 session begins on February 4.

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