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Alabama: Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Oil Bill

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

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.

Alabama: Key Senator Blocks Medical Marijuana Bill; Says State 'Not Ready'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana may have been passed by an Alabama Senate committee this week, but a powerful politician quickly blocked the way for further progress, declaring the state is "not ready" for such legislation. The full membership of the Senate won't even get the chance to debate the bill unless he changes his mind.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, displayed the arrogance of power in disregarding both the Senate Judiciary Committee, which on Wednesday approved the bill on a 4-3 vote, and popular opinion in the state.

"It is bad legislation," Waggoner said, ignoring both the scientific evidence of marijuana's medical effectiveness and the wishes of his own constituents. "We don't need that in Alabama."

A whopping 97 percent of more than 1,300 respondents to an online poll said the state should allow medicinal cannabis. More than a decade ago, back in 2004, 75 percent of respondents said medical marijuana should be legal in the Heart of Dixie, according to a Mobile Register/University of South Alabama survey.

Waggoner, a relic of the 20th Century and career politician who has served in the Alabama Legislature for 49 years, said he didn't think anything would change his mind about the medical marijuana bill this year.

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