An Alabama Senate bill introduced last week would allow patients to legally possess and use marijuana prescribed by a medical doctor.
The Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act would apply to “qualifying patients” with serious medical conditions, ranging from severe nausea to AIDS. The bill was read Thursday and is being considered in the Senate’s judiciary committee.
SB-326 is sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D- Greensboro, and a companion bill is expected to be filed Monday by Rep. John Rogers, D- Birmingham.
The bill would establish three classes of marijuana amounts a physician could recommend for patients after a full medical evaluation.
Class 1 would allow a qualified patient or designated caregiver to buy a maximum of 2.5 ounces of cannabis per month, grow a maximum eight ounces and maintain up to eight plants.
Class 2 would allow them to buy up to 5 ounces of cannabis per month, grow a maximum 12 ounces and maintain up to 12 plants. Class 3 would allow them to buy up to 16 ounces of cannabis per month, grow a maximum 16 ounces and maintain up to 16 plants.
Patients and caregivers would be required to obtain identification cards from county health departments, which would be responsible for the application and approval process. Anyone denied could appeal the health department’s decision.
Cullman would be the only city in the county to qualify to open a dispensary, and it could only have one. The bill allows cities with 150,000 residents or more to have two, cities with at least 10,000 to have one and cities under 10,000 are not allowed to open one.