Mike Ball the State Rep. who is a Huntsville Republican and a former ABI agent wanted Medical Marijuana legalized in Alabama, and he established House Bill 243 on Wednesday.
Ball says it’s all about helping sick people as he also sponsored bills which translated to Carly’s Law and Leni’s Law for CBD oil use. Ball said those laws needed to be extended. He said that since Carly’s Law was almost expiring they needed to extend the dates of expiry and the Leni’s Law required more clarification.
A UAB study was authorized by Carly’s Law that was passed in 2014 on the use of CBD oil or Cannabidiol in treating seizure disorders. The law is supposed to expire in 2019, July 1 but the bill will extend the Carly’s Law to 2021, Jan 1. Ball said the research was paying off and the doctors wanted to carry out a medical card procedure; therefore he would be preparing a bill that would cater for everything.
The law was going to clear marijuana possession crime for individuals having medical conditions, but they can legally possess an ideal cannabis medical card for cannabis or marijuana medical use.
Ball said they wanted to give doctors the mandate to work on the project.
Leni’s Law was passed in Alabama in 2016 to allow patients suffering from disorders caused by seizures or different medical conditions to use marijuana plant products.
The HB 243 has revised the Leni’s Law and legalized the possession of cannabis medical card by individuals with above 19 years suffering from a debilitating condition hence legalizing cannabis for medicinal use.
The bill is going to put in place the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission whereby the commission is expected to start and manage a registry system that will keep track of the patients with medical conditions that qualify for the card. The commission has a responsibility to award cannabis medical cards and licenses for sale, manufacturing, transportation, processing, and cultivation of cannabis in Alabama.
Ball said the State needed to have an ideal regulation process of cannabis and he believes this commission will regulate it strictly.
The bi-partisan bill comprises of other twenty co-sponsors including Republican House Speaker, Mac McCutcheon, Rep. Juandalynn Givan, and Democrats Rep. John Rogers. Ball says that the speaker has been continuously supporting this Agenda.
He also claims that some individuals are afraid of the political risks associated with supporting legislation related to marijuana.
Ball said fear was the biggest enemy of this, but they didn’t allow fear to prevent them from providing a solution to this problem. He also says it’s a shame it has taken them a long time before they could unlock the medical use of marijuana.
Most people are afraid of the drug abusers, but they don’t know that these abusers already have full access to use marijuana illegally. If a person wants to abuse drugs will go get a bunch of dope without any authorization and hence we are hurting the people who require marijuana for medical purpose.
Before Carly’s Law and Leni’s were passed, people suffering from seizures suffered because they could not be soothed with the marijuana treatment. Ball said patients were suffering because they couldn’t get the drug although they weren’t criminals and hence they should not be prosecuted.