House panel votes to allow medical marijuana use

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes has been approved by an Alabama House committee.

The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, acknowledges that with only five days remaining the bill has little chance of winning final passage this session.

The bill would allow a patient suffering serious pain because of cancer or their ailments to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

The patient would need permission from a doctor and could grow his or her own marijuana.

One committee member, Democratic Rep. Yusuf Salaam of Selma, expressed concern that allowing marijuana use for medical purposes might open the door to full scale legalization of the drug.

The bill now goes to the full House.


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  • by skeeter Location: samson,al on Jun 6, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    as a mother of a daugh. that has had breast cancer and gone thru radiation and other pills to help pain and nerves,only mj will help,thank you for mentioning it.
  • by joey Location: dothan on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Wow. If we legalize gambling and drugs it wont take much more to legalize everything. That would be great!! We would have no crime at all. We could empty our prisons. There would be no need for police or lawyers because everything would be legal. Why didnt someone think of this before? One of our legislators recently said you cant legislate morality. The fact is that morality is what our laws are for. When you get to the point that you cant legislate morality, you no longer have an effective government.
  • by waiting Location: daleville al on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    I agree with the passing of the bill. I am a disabled vet. that has pain from being blown up in Iraq. I am taking Narcotics for pain that is killing my liver and stomach. Why not make it legal tobacco and alchol kill millions and it is legal.
  • by Johny Location: Enterprise on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    It is good for regulating how much pain relief substance that you consume but it doesn't provide that much pain relief not to mention that it is terrible on your lungs. Its will be interesting to see how far this goes. I guess Alabama if finally getting poisoned by the Northern and Western ideology. The biggest problem with making medicinal use legal is that it will still be illegal and arrestable on the federal level... Just like it is in California. Most of the people in Cal. who grow MJ for medicinal use are also trafficing huge amounts accross the country to your children.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    the city of dothan will not allow it. they will close dothan down first.
  • by Guy Location: Opp on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    Well, not only are our crooked leaders in Montgomery going to legalize illegal gambling, now they are going to legalize illegal drugs. We KNOW who paid them off for the Gambling Bill, what Drug Dealer is buying their Drug Vote?
  • by matthew Location: dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    I think that it is great that this issue is being acknowleged in alabama. over 400k people die every year from tobacco useage and it is still legal! Marijuana has not killed a single person, only helped with their medical problems. Thank you, and thank Patricia Todd and many others for their hard work.
  • by theresa Location: dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    medical marijuana should have been legalized a long time ago. prescription pain pills are a lot stronger than marijuana and don't help the pain!!
  • by callmemikey Location: dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    As a sufferer of pain on a regular basis, i would welcome something different to try instead of the pills i take now,they leave me unable to function for hours at a time
  • by Bill Location: Dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    Many states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and they seem to be doing fine. If your Doctor and you agree that it may help, I think it should be OK to try it. Thanks
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