Alabama Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana Dies in Committee

Alabama Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana Dies in Committee

MONTGOMERY, AL — A bill that sought to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana in Alabama has been killed by a committee in the House.

House Bill 550  was tabled by the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security and will not be voted on, or even receive a hearing, this year.

House Bill 550, the Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013,  was introduced in April by Birmingham Democrat Rep. Patricia Todd, who has unsuccessfully lobbied her colleagues at the Alabama state house to legalize medical marijuana, including two medical marijuana bills introduced this year.

The bill would have also authorized the medical use of marijuana in Alabama and the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Rep. Todd is expected to re-introduce the legislation next year.If passed, House Bill 550 would have:

  • Allowed adults 21 or older to use or possess up to one ounce of marijuana
  • Allowedadults 21 or older to grow up to twelve mature cannabis plants in an enclosed, locked space
  • Allowedadults 21 or older to share, but not sell, marijuana among other adults 21 or older
  • Authorized the Department of Revenue to regulate the cultivation, processing, packaging, testing, transportation, display, and sale of marijuana and marijuana accessories
  • Prohibited the sale of marijuana except by licensed, regulated cannabis retail stores
  • Set product labeling regulations and advertising restrictions for marijuana and marijuana related businesses
  • Authorized the medical use of marijuana by certain qualifying patients who have been diagnosed by a physician as having a serious medical condition.
  • Allowedthe cultivation of industrial hemp by Alabama farmers
  • Imposed penalties for supplying marijuana to minors under 21 years of age, except those with medical marijuana authorizations
  • Allowed local communities to ban marijuana retail outlets, but only if approved by voters on an even-numbered election year ballot.

Alabama currently has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the country. Possession of  any amount of marijuana – even a single joint — is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a $6,000 fine.

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  • Marshall Ridgeway

    This is fucking bullshit the damn hypocrites of christian society with their heads up their asses need to think about how this can help rather than harm. It’s all about self image and how people are going to view you, you’ll never make a difference if you never take a chance. This brave lady went out on a limb and whoever the dick heads are in that stupid, “I’m high and mighty” house they vote in, shot in down due to what the bill was on. I support you Patricia Todd you brave brave lady. As for you fine fellows, get bent. :)

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  • Dr. Bama

    First of all. If any of these “house members” ever saw a 17 year old stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient who is un able to eat with out vomiting on herself take three drags from a vaporizer and be able to eat a sandwich Im sure that they would change there tone. What if that was your own daughter? begging for help, begging to eat, pleading with you for the pain to stop. would they really just watch there little girl slip away from them starving and in a hellish nightmare of excruciating pain or if i told them marijuana would help, would they b willing to open there minds? Now if they want to come down to my office and look this poor girl in the face and call her a “pot head” or a “drug addict” then i would have to assume that if they have ever been hurt or sick and taken the most efficient medication available with the least side effects then they are also addicts. legalizing cannabis would free billions of dollars now used to prosecute users, provide several billions in tax revenue, free a substantial amount of law-enforcement resources which could be used to prevent more serious crimes, free a substantial amount of prison resources, and reduce the income of street gangs and organized crime who grow, import, process, and sell cannabis.

  • Dunn Of Queens

    Stop voting for these idiots

  • MT

    A shining example of Big Government politicians legislating minor details of our lives like which plants we’re allowed to grow in our greenhouse. What happened to the Republican’s belief in personal freedom and personal responsibility?

  • Logically

    Worst. State. Ever.

  • keny

    i have one question to not only our politicians, but the public as well. in some shape, form, or even fashion, and with all due respect, Isn’t EVERYONE an addict of some kind whether it be religion,drugs, alcohol, fishing, hunting, and even sports (Football,basketball,baseball,boxing…etc) and more? who are they to deny us the right to grow a plant or smoke a joint? i’m not saying don’t implement rules and or regulations on marijuana, by all means do so, i believe it will need it. but i believe speaking on behalf of myself and many other followers in this fine state of Alabama that our marijuana laws are ridiculous. our prisons are over populated (which police in the U.S. arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds.) with marijuana related offenses. our government spends millions of dollars a year to make these arrest, when our police force could be put to much better use. I ask of you, as your civil duties of being a us citizen, please help us put an end to this in the next upcoming vote on Alabama’s marijuana laws (Ask your elected officials to support HB 550.)
    It’s time to voice our opinion whether it be pro or con this law.
    thank you,
    A voice of Alabama.

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  • Renee

    Just think how much room they would gain in “the system”, not to mention how much money it would save taxpayers, if they would even decriminalize personal possession. Peaceful individuals who like to chill out with a joint do not deserve to sit in jail. It is no different than a drink after work or someone who takes “nerve pills” to help keep them calm. Moderation, everything in moderation.

  • bp3584

    if somebody can let me know when we vote on the next bill again for Alabama I’m a Christian but I believe God put marijuana on the planet for a reasoN. Recently had a friend killed trying to buy a little bit of pot, so sad. But you can drive around the corner and by all this other Bs And ,beer and get smashed but you can’t buy a little marijuana In Alabama.Would love some info on it.

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  • Brenda Stewart Mccutcheon

    I am a christian, I also believe the use of marijuana is an important move we in Alabama need to take, early on, and not wait until most other states have already legalized it. we need to benefit from the jobs,the taxes, and all of the medical property’s not to mention the soothing benefits, I feel the people that vote against it do not understand it, there are not many people on here, and word needs to get out, cursing and name calling is not going to help this matter. we need to show that reasonable people can use marijuana and still be a reasonable person, that legalizing marijuana would not pave the rd to legalize other drugs, and that it may even discourage the use of the other bad / or worse drugs like meth, cocaine and heroin, Not to mention all the people that have become addicted to pain killers,My thing is we need to let people know when it is going to be voted on, the name of the politicians that agree it should be legalized, get these people into office and get our state into shape,