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Marijuana Legalization: Alabama To Be Next For Legal Weed In 2014

Marijuana Legalization Alabama To Be Next For Legal Weed In 2014

Marijuana legalization in Alabama just took a big leap forward as a bill allowing legal weed for medical purposes is about to be signed by Governor Robert Bentley.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, country star Merle Haggard says legal weed could save the US economy. For example, a girl scout selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary has been raking in the dough. Colorado’s marijuana tax revenues have similarly been bountiful, with the first state to make recreational marijuana legal pulling in over $2 million just in January alone.

At the beginning of 2014, it seemed like marijuana legalization efforts in Alabama would never come to fruition. Back in January, police arrested a marijuana legalization advocate named Christopher Lee Butts, who is the co-president and board chair of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition. Police say after searching a residential home they found 30 plants and several buds that were part of an illegal growing operation. They charged Butts and four other people with trafficking illegal drugs and the leader was held on a $1 million bond.

What a difference only two months can make! Just this week a medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate after a toddler with a severe neurological disorder was shown to be helped by medical weed. The governor is expected to sign off on the law, which makes marijuana possession legal for an extract called CBD, or cannabidiol. It’s almost impossible to get high on this drug since it’s low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what gives that particular feeling.

Since 1972 this substance has been banned by the US Congress. Since studies have shown the non-intoxicating oil can be used to treat conditions like seizures it has been legalized in over 20 states, now including Alabama. The University of Alabama at Birmingham will also spend $1 million on a neurology research project for cannbidiol oil.

Still, this Alabama marijuana legalization bill is a far cry from the situation in Colorado and Washington State. The bill is very limited in scope and does not address recreational marijuana or possession of cannabis. According to a poll conducted in Alabama back in January, many of the state’s residents want this to change. Out of the 1,531 votes, 71 percent said Alabama should legalize pot in order to increase state revenue. But 21 percent were against legalization while six percent did not have an opinion.

What do you think about the Alabama marijuana legalization bill?

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34 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization: Alabama To Be Next For Legal Weed In 2014”

  1. Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    Funny how the media doesn't even mention "Medical" in the headlines of articles about Medical Marijuana.
    This is a prohibitionist scare tactic to try to confuse much needed and beneficial Medical Marijuana, with recreational use.

    It isn't working! We will not be deceived!

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    "[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    "[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    "[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    "Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    "The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    "[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995

    "When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

  2. Camille Canady

    seems like there's only a few that know about this, I wonder why?

  3. Derek Rosenzweig

    Any "CBD-only" extract law is NOT a medical marijuana law. If patients are not protected from possessing the actual marijuana plant matter (either while it's being grown, or dried and cured) in addition to allowing extracts like hash, hash oil, budder for foods, then the bill should be rejected in favor of one that gives patients the most choice. Senate Bill 1182 in Pennsylvania is a full-fledged medical marijuana bill. Check out my interpretation of the bill at http://www.phillynorml.org/2014/02/04/senate-bill-1182-medical-marijuana-breakdown/

  4. Derek Rosenzweig

    Advocates should not fail to convince legislators that whole-plant cannabis is the way to go. There's ample evidence for it in whole plant form, or extracted into other administration methods. CBD-only is a misnomer anyway – no marijuana plant has 0% THC. Let me put it another way – no state with medical marijuana has downgraded to CBD only crap, so why should any other state settle for that when the WHOLE PLANT is medicine? There's literally no reason to settle for it. Even in PA, the parents of the kids with epilepsy are pushing for whole-plant legislation because they know that EVERYONE deserves the benefits of medical marijuana if their doctor thinks it'll help.

  5. Chris Holley

    Alabamians need the revenue, I can't understand why idiots doesn't understand ,if a person doesn't want marijuana,simply don't purchase it,but don't cheat everyone who,does choose to partake,besides it helps medically and generates ,much needed revenue

  6. HairBoy Datsouthportboy

    Please hurry up&legalize it cause all these damn physc meds ain't working.I keep get n worse&worse but marijuana helps!if dey do legalize it n Alabama,will I b able2get it since I live n florida?I'll move their if necessary!!!

  7. Chris Beech

    Make it all the way legal and I bet Alabama will benifet….#legalizeit

  8. Matthew Grimes

    The Government spends millions and millions of tax dollars to try and stop people who sells pot, but it is a war that will never be won. If pot is legalized for everyone in the country, I believe that our problem with the economy will be saved. I also believe that criminal activity will be reduced if it were legal. That is a opinion from my right to FREEDOM of SPEECH, but the Government will do whatever they want, because they are above the law and can get away with anything, it has been proven time and time again. This nation is on a down fall and it is falling fast, but don't worry, Obma will save us all, just like he saved the terrorist from gitmo and the Americans from Benghazi. "Sarcastically speaking."

  9. Chris Lunsford

    I was medically retired from the Army. was wounded by a roadside bomb. The doctors had to take the left temporal lobe of my brain out. I have tried marijuana for seizures and for headaches and it worked. Alabama needs to approve medical marijuana and recreational use

  10. Samantha Treloar

    I don't use it, but hell give Alabama SOMETHING! We don't have a freakin lottery AND I think we are the only state where you have to be 19 to buy tobacco or just be an adult in general. :/

  11. Isandria Je'nae

    Legalize it!! I have panic attacks every single day. I have manic depressive disorder and anxiety. Marijuana is the only thing that helps me and I've been fighting this battle sence the 7th grade and I am now 21 years old.. I do ALOT better in life in general with the use of the drug but recently had to quit because the law says I have to and it seems like I'm starting all over in this fight. Please hurry up and legalize it!! What dose it hurt??!

  12. Shelby Clark

    When I was young I fell off a scooter and down some stairs and cracked my temple – soon after I started having what is known as "grand-mal" seizures. I met my husband two years ago . I started smoking when we got together, I have not had a single seizure in almost those whole two years. Marijuana should not be illegal . What should be criminalized is : xanax, loratabs, percacet, etc. Just for a few examples.

  13. Steven Goodwin

    Come on Alabama we going to be last to legalize cannabis other states already making money to help there economy we need to two so legalize cannabis now

  14. Jscott Goodwin

    If its legal in some states it should be legal everywhere. It is unconstitutional it seems for it not to be. The people should b able to vote on this matter.

  15. Aldrid Steven Spielburg

    Alabama getchur head outchur asses and get with the program. I dunno anyone who wants this shish illegal

  16. Jesse Carbullido

    Do it!! Awesome revenue!! Long time Bama resident. Have been in Colorado for a year and saw great things!! We should be growing hemp. Hemp is not marijuana, it has .03%.Colorado is researching this as well. This would be a great opportunity for Alabama!

  17. Jesse Carbullido

    I do, as a veteran with PTSD I can say it works! Doctors want me on prescription drugs that have cruel side affects. Marijuana IS by far the mildest drug and it has no side affects for me. An old Nam Vet Marine introduced me to a way better way! I have fought for freedom and now I dont have the freedom to self medicate? Help me help myself.

  18. Jesse Carbullido

    It's a start. False hope? I certainly dont see it that way. Think positive and collective consciousness will happen. Until then, you and your organizatshould reserve your opinions and your best guesses. STAY positive and the movement will succeed.

  19. Catharine Smith DeAngelo

    please do it!!!! what can I do to help this bill along? I've suffered with PTSD, anxiety, deep depression, multiple neurological problems, including severe back neck and other problems for many many years. I admit that I smoked marijuana 20 years ago… I am positive that this works!! now I can't multiple methods including narcotics that have terrible side effects and addictive properties. I beg for you to pass this!! my life now is miserable living all my days in a lazy-boy all day long !! I don't have any means of a normal life and I suffer everyday.

  20. William Mccormick

    I want to see it legal for rec.use.stop spending billions trying to stop it and use the tax it will generate on the needy and poor. Not on $70000 police cars! Ala.just made it impossible to get a 5mg hydrocodone pill by adding it to the C2 class. I have. Been fighting severe pain half my life, I was at the same hospital for 20 years with a perfect drug test record and never ran out of my meds early. My wife of 30 years died of a cancer that consumed Her whole body.after a few yrs.I moved back close to Bham but was still driving to Huntsville to my Dr.a 200 mi.round trip.after 20 yrs.and near 30 procedures I didn't want to leave so I went to a Dr.near by an.d

  21. FaithandJohnny Perkins

    Funny how if we the people want something, we have to follow due process. However, I don't ever hearing that we asked for marijuana, either medicinal, or recreational be banned in the first place. Only one thing changes law and policy. And that's money and…more money

  22. Chris Holley

    My uncle had cancer surgery,he stayed in surgery12 hrs. ….when he came out he had the bone from his arm reconstructed as a jaw bone ,had ,3 trakes in his throat and a feeding tube ,after his radiation treatment he has had weight loss and loss of appetite,the veteran's doctors prescribed the marijuana based oil to help him gain weight,(he has to gained almost enough to get the tube taken out ) then his script ran out and now he is losing weight,because he has severe appetite loss ,I'm afraid the can will come back if he doesn't get this med if legal recreational weed was passed he wouldn't have this worry,my number is (256)476-4629 please use this true story to prove marijuana is a healing good natural thingamong others rope and hemp fibers ,can b used in everything and create jobs and revenue

  23. Chris Holley

    I wish to see my uncle gain weight and get better and get feeding tube removed ,his health depends on this ,please use this story ,there is medical proof of this ,my uncle is 72

  24. Shyanna Hines

    This would help alabama with all their.problems it dont make yu wreak wen yu drive or violent or anything like that.. it makes yu happy and.laugh and love everyone… (: cut down on putting people in jail and feeding them bc yall think we shouldnt have it.. haha but also with people having to buy the.lincens to have a despencery and selling it will bring the state money… assk me anything ill help yu find away to make money with them system for the future. (: (:

  25. Anonymous

    "What do you think about the Alabama marijuana legalization bill?"

    I think it SUCKS! This is NOT a marijuana legalization bill — it's not even a medical marijuana bill! It leaves the entire system of cannabis prohibition in place, except for a specific preparation from a specific strain of cannabis. This preparation is a very safe and effective medicine but it is useful for only a small number of conditions. Most people in Alabama who would benefit from medical cannabis legislation — even most of the children — will still be excluded by this bill.

    I do not want to see young epileptics suffer needlessly but neither do I want to see cancer patients or MS patients of any age — including children with leukemia and other serious diseases — suffer needlessly because a few undereducated legislatures are afraid that someone might enjoy their medicine! They are indulging in a double dose of hypocrisy because plenty of prescription drugs have stronger affects than cannabis while plenty of legislators use alcohol recreationally!

    I understand that full legalization in a state like Alabama is too large a step to take at once but it is not unreasonable for Alabamans to expect their legislator to give them a fair and comprehensive medical cannabis law along with decriminalization of recreational use.