By Steve Elliott
A bill which would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes has been filed in the Alabama Senate.
The bill, crafted by the Alabama Safe Access Project (ASAP), was filed on Thursday as SB 326 by state Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), according to ASAP director Ron Crumpton.
The companion bill is set to be filed in the Alabama House on Monday by Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), according to Crumpton.
"When passed, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Safe Access Act will create a system of safe and regulated access to marijuana for patients who have been diagnosed by a physician as having one of the specific medical conditions outlined in the legislation," Crumpton said.
Medical conditions included in this year’s legislation:
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/ Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Gastrointestinal disorders, including, but not limited to, colitis, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)