US (AL): MMJ bill to be introduced in Alabama

Thursday, State Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) told the Alabama Political Reporter that he anticipates introducing his medical marijuana legislation on Tuesday.

Melson said that he and the Alabama Legislative Services Agency were working on the final language in the bill. A key final sticking point is how businesses can deal with medical marijuana users in the workplace. Melson said that some business groups want employers to be able to fire anyone who uses marijuana even under the care and advice of a physician. There are also concerns as to whether or not an employee injured on the job with a medical marijuana prescription from their doctor should be allowed to receive workman’s compensation or not.

Melson thought that there should be some workplace protections for employees who take medical marijuana legally.

The bill would allow farmers to obtain a medical marijuana growing license. There would be no farm to consumer sales and no legalization of home grown for personal use. The state would also license processors, transporters, and dispensaries. There would be strict control of inventory from the farm to the consumer. The medical marijuana would be taxed and the taxes used to fund a Medical Marijuana Commission which would regulate the cannabis industry in the state.


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