A proposal to legalize cannabis for patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions has been filed in Alabama’s Senate, with a companion bill to be filed soon in the state’s House of Representatives.
The Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act (Senate Bill 326), filed by Senator Bobby Singleton, would allow qualified patients to possess and use up to 10 ounces of cannabis, and would allow them to purchase the medicine from state-licensed dispensaries. Representative John Rogers will be filing a companion bill in the House in the coming days.
Qualifying conditions would include autism, anorexia, bipolar disorder, cancer, chronic pain, AIDS, ADD/ADHD, migraines, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and several others.
The proposal would go considerably further than a medical cannabis bill approved by lawmakers last year, Senate Bill 174, which provided an affirmative defense for patients suffering from epilepsy who use and possess low-THC cannabis extracts.
The full text of Senate Bill 326 can be found by clicking here.