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Alabama Senate Committee OKs Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

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Medical Marijuana in Alabama

Citizens of Alabama may soon welcome legal medical marijuana after an Alabama Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday, February 19,  legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The bill, titled “The Compassion Act,” was sponsored by the Republican senator Tim Melson, R-Florence, who introduced the legislation Tuesday.

Under the said proposal, patients suffering from 15 qualifying medical conditions, including anxiety or panic disorder, autism, cancer-related cachexia, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and HIV/AIDS, would be eligible for a medical marijuana prescription.

State farmers would also be allowed to cultivate medical cannabis that will be sold through dispensaries. As part of the proposal, smokable and vaping marijuana products would not be permitted. However, tablets, as well as edibles and creams, would be authorized.

To regulate the program, the legislation proposes the establishment of a commission, called Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, that will focus on administering patient registry, issuance of licenses for growing and dispensing marijuana, as well imposing restrictions on licensee activities.

Melson, who is a physician, already sponsored a similar medical cannabis legalization bill last year. The said proposal, although approved by the Senate, failed to earn approval from the House and instead created a study commission called the Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission, which Melson chaired himself.

If the latest proposal is to be adopted, Alabama would emerge to become the 34th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, joining the ranks of its neighboring states Florida and Louisiana.

Medical Marijuana Law in Alabama

Under the current law, first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana equates to one up to 10 years in prison, while second-degree unlawful possession of the drug in the second degree is punishable to up to one year in prison.

As part of the bill, tighter regulations would be imposed, especially to those cultivating and selling medical cannabis. Products would also be taxed at a rate of 9 percent, which would be used to fund a Medical Marijuana Commission.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was reported to have cleared the bill in an 8-1 vote, with one abstention. With this, the bill is now set to advance to the Senate floor.

To date, it remains unclear whether the House will give a similar vote to the bill. However, Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, said last Thursday that he is still “in a wait and see mode.”

“It brings up a legal question when you get a legal opinion from the attorney general office,” McCutcheon said. “It answers some of my questions and also on the pro and the con there were some questions raised in the legal community.”

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Does CBD Improve Mental Health? [VIDEO]

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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