MMJ LEGALIZATION BILL HEADS TO ALABAMA HOUSE

In #Alabama, a bill to legalize medical #marijuana goes to the state #house. The proposal, which is sponsored by #republican #senator Tim Melson, was amended and then approved through a voice vote by the House Health Committee after passing Alabama’s senate last month. The legislation designates 20 qualifying conditions for the program, including #anxiety, #sleep disorders and #PTSD. Patients would be allowed to purchase #medical #cannabis in limited forms, such as capsules and oils, but not flower or most #edibles like candy and baked goods. The plan would further establish a single regulatory agency, a nine percent sales #tax rate, and a specific number of #business licenses consisting of at least 4 #cultivators, up to 4 processors, 4 #dispensaries, and 5 vertically integrated operators, which could be increased after the program’s first year. Various revisions were approved by the #Health Committee, like an annual registration fee for participating physicians and additional security requirements for dispensaries. Though advocates are applauding the bill’s progress after a similar measure failed to see a house #vote last year, many take issue with a number of provisions, including the stipulation that medical #marijuana only be prescribed for chronic pain cases after traditional and opiate therapy is proven ineffective. If the legislation manages to clear the house floor, #senate, and governor, the #business license application process would begin #September 1st of next year.

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