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?