Medical Marijuana Bill Advances In Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in the Alabama Legislature, giving hope to advocates after years of setbacks.

Audience members applauded as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 for the bill, putting it in line for a Senate floor vote later this session.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people with a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana for 15 conditions — including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain — and purchase cannabis products at one of 34 licensed dispensaries. The bill would allow marijuana in forms such as pills, gummy cubes, oils, skin patches, gels and creams but not in smoking or vaping products.

Advocates crowded into a public hearing at the Alabama Statehouse to watch the debate and tell lawmakers their stories.

“This bill is not about getting high. This bill is about getting well,” said Dr. Alan Shackelford, a Colorado doctor who described the success of using medical marijuana on people with seizures and cancer.

Cristi Cain said her son Hardy’s debilitating seizures have been helped by CBD oil, now legal in Alabama, but said the higher doses that could help him more aren’t legal in the state. Hardy had as many as 100 seizures per day before trying the oil, and now has about 20 to 30, she said

“An area code shouldn’t affect one health’s care. If Hardy didn’t live in Alabama, he could be seizure-free. We shouldn’t have to be and don’t want to be medical refugees,” Cain said.

Another woman described how patches used in another state were the only thing that relieved her husband’s leg pain from Parkinson’s

The bill drew opposition from some law enforcement and conservative groups. They expressed concern about dosing, safety and the potential for abuse.

“Just because we put the word medical in front of marijuana does not make it medicine,” Shelby County Sheriff’s Capt. Clay Hammac said.

The Rev. Rick Hagans described addicts he buried. He said that although they obviously didn’t overdose on marijuana, they started their drug use with pot.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent lawmakers a letter expressing his opposition that noted marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The vote was a moment of optimism for medical marijuana advocates who for years made little headway in the conservative-leaning state. A medical marijuana bill in 2013 won the so-called “Shroud Award” for the “deadest” bill that year in the House of Representatives.

Melson said he is hopeful about the bill’s chances in 2020. He said there are multiple steps in the process of obtaining medical marijuana that should limit the danger of abuse.

“You are going to have to go to a physician. You are going to have to get a card. You are going to be on the (state) register,” Melson said. He defended the bill’s allowance of marijuana for a variety of conditions.

“I’m sure some people look at that 15 (conditions) and go, ‘Ýeah, really, that one?’ That’s because they don’t have it or don’t know the literature,” he said.

Sen. Larry Stutts, an obstetrician who cast the lone no vote on the committee, said state medical marijuana laws circumvent the process of drug trials usually required to introduce a new medicine

Stutts said other medications have been “through the process and been through the trials that study its effectiveness and side effects” before patients get them.

Before the vote, Sen. Cam Ward described his late father’s battle with cancer.

“I would have given anything, anything, had he had a tablet to take, something to chew on, some drops to put in his food to avoid the nauseousness from the chemotherapy. That would have changed his life. As a human being, who am I to say … you can’t have that to make you feel better?” Ward said.

Source: https://apnews.com/d8e91feb1bcd21331a8ec8e73883cef0

West Virginia, Where Mountaineers Should Be Free

A big motivation of ours here at Pot Life USA is pretty simple and straightforward — we want to end weed prohibition in America.

Montani Semper Liberi (Latin for “Mountaineers are Always Free”) was adopted as the official motto of West Virginia in Article II, Section 2-7, of the state constitution signed in 1872.

In West Virginia a person found in possession of any amount of marijuana is subject to an arrest and misdemeanor charge.

Any amount of selling or transferring pot from state to state is a 5 year sentence with a 1 year automatic minimum.

Though according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse West Virginia has the highest age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids.

Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/opioid-summaries-by-state/west-virginia-opioid-summary

Today marijuana is still classified by the DEA as schedule I drug right next to heroin.

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Source: https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

It’s my dream that the people of all our great lands can feel like they have control of their government and not that their government controls them.

Related: House of Delegates amends law to permit medical cannabis patients to use dry leaf [2/20/20]

Marijuana Moonshine: Protect The American Consumer

The Government Is Failing To Protect Consumers

You might have heard recently that vaping might be sending people to the hospital with serious sudden lung failures — and some suspect illegal counterfeit THC pens as the culprit.

The CDC recently hosted a conference call with members of the press regarding these new dangers.

Though we do not know if “fake” homemade THC oil cartridges are to blame we absolutely do know their existance is a reality and very previlent.

When Americans purchase just about any good or service we expect a form of goverment protection. In the case of marijuana we get goverment prosecution.

Weed is not the same as heroin and the U.S. government should right this wrong yesterday.