Medical Marijuana Advocates In Alabama Say Fight Isn’t Over After House Committee Rejects Bill

Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, brought members of the House Health Committee special brownies today — free of both marijuana and gluten — to kick off this year’s fight to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama.

While the homemade treats did not convince the committee to pass her bill, which would legalize cannabis for certain medical conditions, she said she hopes they send a message about what she and supporters are trying accomplish.

“A lot of people think we’re trying to get to the point where everybody is going to be smoking and toking on their front porch,” Todd said. “That’s not what we’re talking about. This is actually the most effective way that most people who have cancer or other diseases digest marijuana.”

Voting 12 to 2, the committee declined to move the bill forward to the full House. Reps. John Knight Jr., D-Montgomery, and Berry Forte, D-Eufaula, cast the only favorable votes.

Rep. Joe Hubbard, D-Montgomery, who made the only comment during discussion, said he could not support the legislation in its current form, but it raises important questions about the role of THC medications in palliative care.

“I want you to know that this issue is something that I believe … this committee needs to look at, work on, and study,” he said. “It’s a palliative care issue that effects citizens in every one of our districts.”

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