Alabama: Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Oil Bill
By Derrick Stanley
A bill that will decriminalize medicinal marijuana oil has passed a vote in the Alabama legislature.
On Wednesday, senators voted 29-3 for the bill, which would legalize possession of cannabidiol.
Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Sanford says he hopes CBD oil access will provide a little “sunlight” to families struggling with debilitating medical conditions.
Republican Sen. Phil Williams was one of the three voting against the bill, saying current evidence on the effects of CBD oils is too “experimental” and “anecdotal.”
The bill is nicknamed “Leni’s Law” after a young girl with a severe epileptic condition. Leni Young’s family left the state for Oregon, where they can legally access CBD oil.
A previous version of the bill passed the House earlier this month. Sanford’s substitute version will now return to the House for a vote.