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Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana Introduced in Alabama

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director April 5, 2013

    Many traditionally write off the Southern United States as an area dead to cannabis law reform, but one Representative is behind a new effort that can change all of that.

    This week, Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) has introduced House Bill 550, the Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013. This measure would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of up to 12 mature marijuana plants by those over the age of 21. It would also authorize the Department of Revenue to establish marijuana retail outlets. You can read the full text of the measure here.

    As many of you have seen, yesterday, Pew Research released new polling data that revealed, for the first time in data from a US based polling firm, that Americans support legalizing marijuana by over 50%. The survey found that 52% support legalization and only 45% were opposed. This is no longer just an issue relegated to states such as those on the West Coast and Colorado, traditionally considered bastions of marijuana law reform, this support is now nationwide.

    As it very well should be, marijuana prohibition is a failed policy that squanders hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year, inversely affects society’s underprivileged, violates civil liberties, and fuels a violent, criminal black market responsible for countless deaths on our border as well as our local communities.

    If states such as the traditionally conservative Alabama are beginning the discussion around alternatives to our failed prohibition of marijuana, the collapse of the drug war machine and its war on a green plant cannot be too far behind.

    ALABAMA: If you live in Alabama click here to easily write your Representative and urge him or her to support this legislation!

    90 Responses to “Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana Introduced in Alabama”

    1. Ben says:

      Excellent –

      thanks largely to Team NORML.

    2. James Savoy says:

      It’s good to see my fellow Southern states might finally be opening their eyes on the blatant stupidity of marijuana prohibition. Being a smoker from Texas, I understand since everything is bigger in Texas, the ignorance of said prohibition is bigger as well. It’s good to know, however, that a gulf state is taking a stand to fight senseless oppression. So many people have bullied Mary Jane for far too long on this playground we call America. Kudos to Alabama for at least trying to fight back.

    3. Chris S says:

      It’s about time. We’re getting there, Slowly but surely.

    4. Please take this initiative under consideration. Look at what good it can do and the people and jobs it will help and create. Step back from the old thinking and look at this from the a new perspective. If it was as bad as the old thinking, why is it SO popular and in the headlines EVERY day? Besides, we are adults and can think for ourselves. We know right from wrong, and you, as part of the government are WRONG for trying to tell us as taxpaying citizens what we can and cannot put in our bodies. We DO NOT drink alcohol and we stay home most of the time so what is wrong with smoking something to help glaucoma, PTSD, and Multiple Sclerosis. All have been proven by the same government that pays YOU, to improve the symptoms of each of these things we live with every single day.

    5. xDSx says:

      The south shall rise again!

      Good luck Alabama! The ‘war’ on drugs and the prohibition of marijuana has been an failure.

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      “If states such as the traditionally conservative Alabama are beginning the discussion around alternatives to our failed prohibition of marijuana, the collapse of the drug war machine and its war on a green plant cannot be too far behind.”

      –Music to my ears.

    7. Prem says:

      “As it very well should be, marijuana prohibition is a failed policy that squanders hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year, inversely affects society’s underprivileged, violates civil liberties, and fuels a violent, criminal black market responsible for countless deaths on our border as well as our local communities.”

      This seems grammatically incorrect. Otherwise great article, I hope it passes!

    8. John k. says:

      We’ll see how far this goes, hope it passes, just like hoping it passes for all states to legalize. Just hope and pray corrupted idiots don’t cockblock the bill because their pockets are being filled by big corps…

    9. Matt M says:

      Yes!!! This gives me hope for my home state (Tennessee.) Time to vote out the Southern Baptists and finally make some progress in the south.

    10. Rithoa says:

      Allowance of one ounce and the cultivation of 12 plants? Those numbers need major tweaking.

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