Alabama’s highly controversial medical cannabis bill officially came into effect Monday when Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed it, along with fellow Republican and lawmaker Senator Tim Melson.
Senate Bill 46, which passed through the upper house of the Alabama Legislature with very few problems, was briefly blocked in the House, but ultimately gained membership approval after a a number of amendments have been added.
The bill would create a commission to regulate cannabis for medical use. This would allow physicians, who pay fees and receive additional training, to suggest cannabis to patients with a limited number of illnesses, including depression, autism spectrum disorders, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or seizures, panic disorder, Parkinson’s disease, cancer-related nausea. , pain or vomiting and nausea or weight loss related to HIV.
In a statement, Ivey said she was “interested in seeing the potential” of medical cannabis for patients with chronic illnesses.
“As the research evolved, Senator Melson and I discussed how critical it is to continue to find ways to work on this topic to ensure we have a productive, safe and responsible operation in Alabama. “She said in the statement. “The signing of SB 46 is an important first step. I would like to thank again Senator Tim Melson and Representative Mike Ball for their hard work over the past few years and their willingness to address legitimate concerns.
Of the members of the Mobile and Baldwin County legislative delegation, only Republicans Matt Simpson, Shane Stringer and Harry Shiver voted against the bill.