Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Approve Marijuana Decrim Bill

In a surprising move Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill to decriminalize certain marijuana possession offenses.

The committee has voted 6 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 251, which was filed by Senator Dick Brewbaker. The proposal would “create the crime of possession of marijuana in the third degree for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and would provide that a first or second conviction would be a violation with applicable fines that would not appear on a person’s criminal record and a third or subsequent offense would be a Class A misdemeanor.” Under current law, the possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Also, under current law a person who possesses marijuana for any other reason than personal use or who possesses marijuana for personal use and has previously been convicted of unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree is guilty of a Class C felony and is guilty of a Class D felony for third or subsequent convictions. This bill “would revise the crime to require possession of two or more ounces of marijuana and would revise the penalties for violations.”

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Marijauna Decrim Bill Filed in Alabama Senate

Legislation that would significantly alter Alabama’s marijuana laws has been filed in the state’s Senate.

Senate Bill 251 was filed this week by Senator Dick Brewbaker. Under current law, the possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. This bill “would also create the crime of possession of marijuana in the third degree for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and would provide that a first or second conviction would be a violation with applicable fines that would not appear on a person’s criminal record and a third or subsequent offense would be a Class A misdemeanor.”

Also under current law, a person who possesses marijuana for other than personal use or who possesses marijuana for personal use and has previously been convicted of unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree is guilty of a Class C felony and is guilty of a Class D felony for third or subsequent convictions. This bill “would revise the crime to require possession of two or more ounces of marijuana and would revise the penalties for violations.”

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis Oil

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Cannabis oil.

Roughly a week after being overwhelmingly approved by Alabama’s full legislature, a measure to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil has been signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley. Leni’s Law goes into effect on June 1st.

Under the new law, it will be legal for those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil that has no more than 3% THC. Unfortunately the law doesn’t establish a system of dispensaries to provide patients with a consistent means of accessing their medicine, leaving advocates with plenty to continue fighting for. Still, the new law is clearly a step in the right direction.

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Alabama’s Full Legislature Votes 124 to 7 to Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil

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Alabama’s full legislature has passed a measure to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil for those who receive a recommendation from a physician.

The proposal was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support: the vote was 95 to 4 in the House of Representatives, and 29 to 3 in the Senate. The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for consideration.

“This is an opportunity to give some sunlight to families,” said Senator Paul Sanford, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “They don’t want to feel like criminals, but they know they need to try something like this.”

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Hemp Legislation Passed by Alabama House and Senate

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hempfieldAlabama is one step closer to researching industrial hemp production.

The Alabama House of Representatives and Senate on Tuesday both passed bills  to allow the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to research industrial hemp production and its possibilities as a cash crop.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Ken Johnson and Sen. Paul Bussman, would allow universities to apply for growth permits and exclude industrial hemp from controlled substances laws.

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Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Legislationmedcannabis to legalize medical cannabis has been passed with a 4 to 3 vote by Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 326 now moves towards a full Senate vote.

If approved into law, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act would allow those with a qualifying condition to possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis, and would allow them to purchase the medicine from state-licensed dispensaries. Conditions that qualify an individual to be a medical cannabis patient under SB 326 includes autism, anorexia, bipolar disorder, cancer, chronic pain, AIDS, ADD/ADHD, migraines, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Alabama

A proposalAlabama-sign 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.

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University of Alabama Receives FDA Approval to Produce, Administer and Study Cannabis Extracts

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Cannabis tincture.

The University of Alabama has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin cultivating, administering and studying the impact of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis extracts on childhood and adult seizure disorders.

In April, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Senate Bill 174 which authorizes the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts – such as cannabis oil and tinctures – to those with seizure disorders. The oil must be primarily CBD, and can contain no more than 3% THC.

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31 States Have Legalized Some Form of Cannabis

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The wave of reform that’s swept across the U.S. this year has been swift, with lawmakers and citizens across the nation standing up for a changecannaamerica in the longstanding, propaganda-laden prohibition on cannabis. This year alone an initiative to legalize cannabis has qualified for the ballot in Alaska, signatures have been submitted for a similar initiative in Oregon and Washington D.C., and 8 states have passed laws legalizing some form of cannabis. Because of the latter, the number of states in the U.S. that have legalized at least some form of cannabis – whether it be full legalization or simply the allowance of the cannabis compound cannabidiol – has reached 31, or  62% of the entire country.

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6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.  wacanna

On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for medical purposes. The measure takes effect on July 1st.

On March 31st, Washington D.C.’s mayor signed a measure into law which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The new law reduces the penalty from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a $25 ticket.

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