Alabama Legislature passes medical marijuana bill
The Alabama Legislature has unanimously passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana and the new law now heads to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has supported the effort. The type of marijuana to be legalized, however, is a medical grade, non-intoxicating extract known as CBD, or cannabidiol, according to a report by Reuters. The extract oil is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the intoxicating entity in marijuana.
Some studies have shown that this extract can treat conditions such as seizures and the bill was originally conceived to help toddlers suffering from certain neurological disorders. “It’s like a miracle. This does not happen in Alabama. We are the most conservative state,” Jena Dalton, of Madison, told the Associated Press. Dalton’s 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.