MONTGOMERY, Al. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivy on Monday signed into law medical marijuana as the Conservative opposition gradually erased the issue after decades of debate.
The program will enable the purchase of medical marijuana on a doctor’s recommendation for any of 16 qualifying medical conditions, including those with cancer, a deadly disease, and depression. The approval comes eight years after the 2013 medical marijuana bill won the so-called “Bragging Prize” for the “deadliest” bill of the year in the House of Representatives.
Ivy considered the signing of the bill “a possible first step” and thanked the sponsors of the bill for their work. By the time the bill goes into effect immediately, the bill’s sponsor has estimated it to be about 15 months, or about as long as there is medical marijuana in the state.
“Of course, this is a sensitive, emotional issue, something that is constantly being studied. At the state level, we have had a study group that has looked closely at this issue. : their last days, “said Ivy.
The bill was sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Melson, an anesthesiologist. In the House of Representatives, it was conducted by Republican Rep. Mike Ball, a former state military investigator. The confirmation came after a number of lawmakers told stories about their loved ones and their illnesses.
“I hope we can help some people,” Melson said Monday night.
Melson said for people who have tried other treatments without success, people will have “another way to heal themselves, to relax a little.” The state Senate approved the bill by 21-8 votes in February after a 15-minute debate. But the House of Representatives has traditionally been more skeptical of medical marijuana proposals, sending the bill through two committees before approving 68-34.
The bill would allow you to have marijuana with eggs such as pills, skin patches and creams, but not with smoking or vaporizing agents.
The program allows the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of diseases including cancer-related nausea or vomiting or chronic pain. Crohn’s disease; depression; epilepsy, HIV / AIDS-related nausea or weight loss; panic disorder, Parkinson’s disease; persistent nausea; traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury և Tourette’s syndrome.
Deputies voted to name the bill after the son of Laura Hall, a Democratic representative from the state. He first introduced the medical marijuana bill more than a decade ago after his son, Wesley “Ato” Hall, died of AIDS.
Last week, Ball, who sponsored the bill through the House, said last week that “hearts and minds” were slowly changing over the issue.
“I think we just educated them, just like anything else. Wasn’t done on trains. “It was done on science,” Melson said.