Several north Alabama District Attorneys oppose medical marijuana bill

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Several north Alabama District Attorneys oppose medical marijuana bill

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A group of prosecutors from across Alabama are calling on lawmakers to oppose a state legalizing medical marijuana bill.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Tim Melson of Florence. It has already passed the Senate and House Health Committee.

The legislation would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with a range of conditions, including seizures, chronic pain, and PTSD. Patients would be given a medical marijuana card and put on a registry. The bill wouldn’t legalize recreational marijuana.

23 of Alabama’s 42 district attorneys signed a letter to lawmakers arguing that legalizing medical marijuana in Alabama would have a devastating impact on Alabamians. The letter states that marijuana is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and cites several studies on the harmful effects of marijuana. District Attorneys from Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Colbert, and Lawrence counties have signed the letter.

Prosecutors also argue that those who could benefit from medical marijuana legalization, like those who would sell it, are pushing an agenda to deepen their pockets rather than ponder the potentially harmful effects.

House spokesman Mac McCutcheon said he expected the House to vote on the bill before the end of the session.

Read the full letter below:

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