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Alabama Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Extract Bill Into Law

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Courtesy of The Joint Blog

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 174, a medical cannabis proposal which was passed unanimously by the state’s House and Senate.

Under the new law, the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology will be authorized to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (such as cannabis oil and tincture) to those with seizure disorders.

The bill is named Carly’s Law, in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler who suffers from epilepsy. The measure will be funded with $1 million from the state’s Education Trust Fund.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

  • Sarijuana

    Will the university named to prescribe, produce and distribute cannabis oil do so in violation of federal law? Will they forego the possibility of loosing federal funding to thir school? Where will they get the cannabis from? So many questions.

    • wowFAD

      In order, no, no, and no idea.

      These are the exact issues the lawmakers in Georgia grappled with. They opted to ignore the practical concerns because the legislation was so wildly popular. That’s why almost nobody voted against it — most understood it was unworkable, symbolic legislation which accomplished very little in terms of helping patients (except starting the conversation).

      Maryland had similar issues two years ago. Now, they have a workable law (and decrim). Alabama (and Georgia) are going to experience building momentum over the next year or so, while everyone figures out that CBD-only bills that forbid local cultivation don’t/can’t work (and why not). At least one or two Southern states will get a comprehensive bill (Georgia can do it) and federal rescheduling is now getting mainstream attention.

      Gotta walk before you can run. Alabama’s bill is unworkable. Georgia’s bill (also unworkable) fell victim to political gamesmanship between Republicans. The fever pitch hasn’t been satisfied at all, in the Southeast. That, added to Florida’s pending ballot initiative for a comprehensive program, will tip the first Southern state to embrace a workable medical cannabis program, I’m certain.