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NATIONALCannabis advocates troubled by veteran’s 5-year sentence for medical marijuana

Brandon Moseley

The Alabama Cannabis Industry Association on Monday released a statement critical of the decision by an Alabama court to imprison an Arizona man for five years after his probation for a 2016 marijuana arrest was revoked in April.

Sean Worsley was an Iraq War vet who legally uses marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder, and for back and shoulder pain stemming from being wounded in an IED attack in Iraq.

He and his wife were arrested in Gordo, in Pickens County, in August 2016 after a police officer found the marijuana while questioning the Worsleys about the volume of their music when they stopped to get gas.

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Black disabled veteran sentenced to spend 60 months in prison for medical marijuana

Brandon Moseley

A 2016 arrest for marijuana that has turned into a 60-month sentence in an Alabama penitentiary for a disabled veteran from Arizona is drawing national attention.

On June 30, Alabama Appleseed Director Leah Nelson wrote an account of an arrest and pending imprisonment of a Black disabled veteran that could not have happened in many other states. The story has been picked up by the New York Times and a number of national news outlets.

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Cannabis industry group promotes hemp, marijuana industries

Brandon Moseley

Monday, the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association (ALCIA) announced that they have launched their new website.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic it has never been more important to offer natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals,” said Alabama Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director Chey Garrigan. “This pandemic has shown that Americans need natural remedies that are grown and manufactured by Americans for Americans. That is why today, the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association, announces that we have unveiled our new website.”

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 6.50.49 AM.png readers overwhelmingly voice support for legal marijuana

Ramsey Archibald

The Alabama Senate is likely to vote this week on whether to allow medical marijuana legislation to advance in Montgomery. And if readers are any indication, Alabama appears ready for the bill to pass.

That’s according to a poll of readers over the weekend. The online poll was hardly scientific, but the results were resoundingly one-sided. More than 2,200 people responded. The vast majority not only backed the legalization of medical marijuana, but backed recreational marijuana, too.

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Will Alabama allow medical marijuana? Hearing, vote likely Wednesday

The Associated Press

A medical marijuana bill is headed to its first vote in the Alabama Legislature as advocates hope to gain legislative traction after years of setbacks in Montgomery.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the legislation Wednesday and could vote the same day. The bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people to be prescribed medical marijuana for certain conditions, including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain, and to purchase cannabis products at a dispensary licensed by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission.

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Medical experts sharply divided at Alabama Medical Cannabis Study Commission

Brandon Moseley

Thursday, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Study Commission heard from two highly respected medical expert witnesses with widely divergent views on the wisdom of passing medical marijuana legislation.

Bertha K. Madras is a professor of psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry and the chair of the Division of Neurochemistry at Harvard Medical School, She served as associate director for public education in the division on addictions at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Madras advised the Commission against passing medical marijuana legislation.

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Farmers with a license can grow hemp but cannot sell hemp products to the public

Brandon Moseley

Monday, the Alabama Political Reporter talked with Gail Ellis with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries about industrial hemp and complaints from hemp farmers that their state licenses are too restrictive.

Ellis told APR that it is illegal in Alabama for a farmer to sell hemp material to the general public or to anyone without a hemp license.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked about the legality of smokable hemp products being widely marketed in the state.

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Alabama’s medical marijuana bill clears first hurdle

Mike Cason

A plan to legalize and regulate medical marijuana from seed to sale in Alabama cleared its first hurdle today in the Legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1, with one abstention, in favor of the bill by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, that would make Alabama the 34th state to allow cannabis products for medical purposes. The vote moves the bill to the full Senate.