23 Alabama attorneys oppose the state’s medical marijuana law. The attorneys signed a letter calling on Alabama lawmakers to vote against legalizing medical marijuana.
Madison District Attorney Robert Broussard is one of the District Attorneys against the bill.
“There are forces out there who really want to legalize marijuana and this is the first step they are taking,” Broussard said.
Broussard said he thinks if they pass a medical marijuana bill it will be the gateway to people who want a marijuana leisure bill.
“There will be kids out here with easier access to marijuana,” Broussard said.
He said if the medical marijuana law had more restrictions, he would be open to endorsing it.
“Doctors can prescribe marijuana for a number of conditions that I wish were narrower,” Broussard said.
Broussard said he was concerned that some people might also focus on profits from legalizing marijuana.
Broussard legalizes medical marijuana and calls it “a slippery slope”. Although he said his views were not one-sided. He believes medical marijuana could have benefits for people with illness.
“I’m not in that boat and I don’t think most prosecutors in the state are in that boat,” Broussard said. “It’s just the feeling that we have to be careful and that the floodgates won’t open.”
The law has already been passed in the Senate. Alabama House has yet to vote on the bill.