Fantastic Anniston Star Article on HB642

This is a truly amazing and positive article from the Anniston Star.

Even the sheriff’s deputy isn’t really against it and didn’t say anything negative.

Many thanks to Laura Camper and the Anniston Star for doing such a wonderful job with this.

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Hurdle
Anniston Star

After six years, a bill legalizing medical marijuana that has never seen the light of day outside of the state House of Representatives committee, passed the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and can now be debated on the floor.

“ We made history ( Wednesday),” said Loretta Nall, executive director of Alabamians for Compassionate Care and long time advocate of medicinal marijuana. “It’s also really the first time there’s been a really open and honest debate.”

The legislation, House Bill 642, would allow patients with epilepsy, cancer, HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Alzheimer’s disease or other debilitating diseases to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or grow up to six plants for medicinal use.

Patients would be required to apply to the Department of Public Health for a registration card and that identification card would let law enforcement officers know the person was exempt from other marijuana possession laws.

Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat from Jefferson and sponsor of the legislation, doesn’t expect the bill to become law this year, but she sees this as a victory.

“In Alabama, it can take up to seven or eight years to get any bill passed,” Todd said. “Our goal this year is to get out of the judiciary committee and then begin earlier next year, but the reality is we still face an uphill battle in Alabama of people understanding the importance of this.”

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