Alabama House Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

CANNABIS CULTURE – Alabama made history Wednesday when, for the first time ever, our Cadillac of a medical marijuana bill HB642 passed out of the house judiciary committee.

About 40 patients and supporters showed up at the state house on Wednesday morning for a press conference and to pack out the committee room.

There was some opposition to the bill, but, for the first time those who opposed it actually stated their opposition and agreed to work with us between now and the next session to find common ground.

Here is the video of yesterday’s Alabama House Judiciary Committee hearing on HB642 the medical marijuana bill. I had to break it up in different size parts because the file was huge and there was a corrupt place in it that my computer would not process.

This video provides a unique look into the legislative process. It is rare that an entire committee hearing is filmed. All most people ever get to see is a blurb on the 5 O’clock News or an article in the newspaper, neither of which can tell the whole story of what goes on in a committee meeting. This particular one was fascinating and it is well worth your 40 minutes or so of time to watch it.

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Many, many thanks to the wonderful people at Drug Policy Alliance who have been our allies for 6 years, Rep. Patricia Todd our magnificent bill sponsor who is a true champion for the medical marijuana cause and a very special thank you to Mrs. Jacki Phillips, the mother of Michael Phillips, who the bill is named in honor of. You can’t talk to Mrs. Jacki and be opposed to medical marijuana afterward. She’s an angel.

And of course much love and respect to all of the patients, family members, and supporters who have called, emailed, and visited members of the House Judiciary Committee, attended meetings, written letters to the editor, and donated time and money to this noble cause. None of this would be possible without all of you out there every day putting your freedom on the line. I can never thank you enough for standing up with me in Alabama.

This is the fist step of many, but we are closer today to Alabama becoming the first medical marijuana state in the South than ever before. Rep. Todd has already agreed to sponsor our bill again next year and we plan to get an
early start. I feel like 2011 or 2012 will be the year that patients and physicians in Alabama will finally have the protection they deserve.

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