Ignoring the rapidly growing base of support in the state for reform, state lawmakers earlier this month rejected House Bill 2 out of committee, which would have legalized medical cannabis in Alabama. Despite this defeat, advocates are remaining optimistic, and are pushing forward. So much so, that five new cannabis related bills are in the works, thanks to State Representative Patricia Todd, and the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (AMMJC).
Here is an update on the intent of these bills by Ron Crumpton, Executive Director of AMMJC, who’s also a 2014 senate candidate:
A little information about AMMJC’s new legislative Package!
Representative Patricia Todd has sent Five New Marijuana Related Bills to Legislative Reference Service.
The Alabama Medical Marijuana Physician Protection Act: To protect physicians who choose to inform patients that the use of marijuana may benefit their medical condition.
The Alabama Medical Marijuana Affirmative Defense Act: This bill establishes medical necessity as an affirmative defense in a prosecution for the use and possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
The Alabama Medical Exemption Act: This bill establishes a medical exemption to Alabama’s current laws for personal use and possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia for patients under the direction of physician.
The Alabama Marijuana Decriminalization Act: the purpose of this act is to remove the criminal penalties for the possession of up to one (1) ounce of Marijuana.
The Alabama Marijuana and Hemp Reform Act of 2013: In the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes, and individual freedom, the people of the state of Alabama find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol.
If you’re a resident of Alabama, it’s more important than ever that you contact your elected officials, urging them to support cannabis law reform (you can look up your legislators here).