Alabama Jumps On Board the Legal Medical Marijuana Train!

Health News - Alabama Jumps On Board the Legal Medical Marijuana Train!

It was a perfect ending to the Cotton state’s 2021 legislative session! Gov. Kay Ivey signed Alabama’s Medical Marijuana Bill (SB 46) into law.

It is not exactly the first state to do it, but the 38th! In their defense, it took the conservative state a record three months to sign the 102-page legalization bill, in its original form, after the Alabama Committee approved it.

The law, officially under the name of the late son of Rep. Laura Hall “Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act,” is designed to help all those who, like Darren, suffer from terminal illnesses or other of about 15 other debilitating chronic conditions.

These include:

  • Mental conditions like anorexia, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. 
  • Neurological diseases like autism, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, Tourette’s Syndrome, and dystonia. 
  • Terminal conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Chronic painful conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
  • Conditions that cause nausea
  • Other conditions like Crohn’s Disease, sickle cell anemia

Aside from Alabama lawmakers who voted the bill with a two-to-one margin, in-state physicians are almost all-for the MMJ legalization, with 70% supporting it in a recent survey.

However, there are a few strict regulations like:

  • The use of raw plants for smoking, such as cannabis flowers and vaping, is prohibited along with edibles like candies and baked goods. 
  • The maximum daily THC dosage is 50 mg, except for the terminally ill and special cases when the physician approves it. 

Anyway, these patients will have to wait for next year to get their first dose of medical marijuana until a complete MMJ program is developed. 

As for all those that want in on Alabama’s medicinal marijuana business, they should start working on getting their licenses and start applying around September 2022.