Senate committee to hear medical marijuana bill

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Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear debate on Alabama joining 23 other states to allow medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act, Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton would allow patients with what the bill defines as “serious medical conditions” to be prescribed marijuana.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s
  • Anorexia.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/ deficit disorder (ADD).
  • Autism.
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Cachexia.
  • Cancer.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Chronic depression.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Dystonia.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including, but not limited to, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Glaucoma.
  • Lupus
  • Migraine.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms associated with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-Lou Gehrig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Seizures, including, associated with epilepsy.
  • Severe nausea.
  • Tourette’s syndrome.
  • Any other chronic or but not limited to, seizures persistent medical symptom that either:
    • Substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336).
    • If not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.

The hearing is scheduled for the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 325 of the Alabama Statehouse.

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