Bill could make it legal
By Cara Parell
April 07, 2005
Alabama’s Legislature is considering a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The bill would allow the use of marijuana with a doctor’s prescription for certain conditions like AIDS, anorexia and chronic pain.
Under Alabama law, the possession of marijuana is considered a Class-A misdemeanor that can lead to prison on the first offense. Selling or transporting marijuana is punishable by 20 years in prison.
“People see it as a radical marijuana legalization bill,” said Stephen Gordon, vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Alabama, which supports the bill. “It isn’t. The controls are very tight. It’s not going to become a mainstream drug. It’s for (multiple sclerosis) and other chronic conditions.”
The Compassionate Use Act for Medical Marijuana was introduced by Rep. Laura Hall, D-Madison, March 31.
Hall could not be reached for comment, but she told The Plainsman in February that she expects a positive response.
“I don’t expect (the people in my district) to be opposed to it,” she said. “I would expect that they would be supportive of the idea of giving to those people who have a need for it.”
Loretta Nall, founder of the Alabama Marijuana Party and President of the U.S. Marijuana Party, said she is working to get Alabamians who use the drug for treatment in violation of current law to testify before the Legislature.