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​Alabama lawmakers pass medical marijuana bill

Published time: March 21, 2014 23:12
A picture shows a man extracting a liquid containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) (AFP Photo)

A picture shows a man extracting a liquid containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) (AFP Photo)

The Alabama Legislature has unanimously passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The legislation now heads to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has supported the effort.

Under the measure, it will be legal to possess prescribed medical grade, non-intoxicating extract known as CBD, or cannabidiol, Reuters reported. The extract oil is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the intoxicating entity in marijuana.

The oil was banned by Congress in 1972 after it was deemed to have no medical use. However, some studies have shown it can treat many conditions, including seizures. It has since been legalized in 20 states, the Medical Marijuana ProCon website reported.

Known as Carly’s Law, the Alabama bill was originally conceived to help toddlers suffering from violent seizures as a result of a severe neurological disorder.

The girl’s family appealed to Republican state Rep. Mike Ball, who sponsored the bill, and the governor, who has said he would sign the bill if given the chance.

"It's like a miracle. This does not happen in Alabama. We are the most conservative state," Jena Dalton, of Madison, told AP. Dalton’s young daughter Charlotte has Dravet Syndrome and suffers from hundreds of seizures per month.

The bill also offers $1 million in funding for neurology research into cannabidiol oil at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

"UAB will undertake research into the mechanisms underlying cannabidiol to learn more about its function and effect on seizures," said David Standaert, of the university's Department of Neurology.

Comments (12)


Terri Phillips 07.07.2014 19:49

Impulse: your statement is ignorant. The strains of marijuana used have little to no THC. So they do not make the person "high". They will not cause cravings or the "munchies" . The active ingredient in the oil that is being used for treatment is CBD not THC and it has saved lives.


DoAsk DoTell 24.03.2014 09:04

Will this cut out Big Pharma's control/power? If that's true, then it's a good precedent.


Impulse 23.03.2014 19:54

So the people are prone to protesting and and angry full of initiative to go to out and make their voices heard and suddenly the government is making this "legal"? The only initiative people will end up having now is lifting their sandwich to their mouth when the munchies hit and getting their next "prescription&q uot;... well played Obama Administration. Clap clap clap hmmmm, i wonder what would happen if the people run out of snack worthy munchies tho... hmmmm o.O

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