Will Alabama Get Medical Marijuana? Hearing Next Week


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Co-Presidents Ron Crumpton, left, and Chris Butts of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition

Eighteen states now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and a movement is afoot in Alabama to make it the 19th. Next Wednesday, November 14, a public hearing will be held in the Alabama State House on the medicinal use of cannabis.

Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville, who chairs the House Health Committee, said the hearing won’t be specifically about House Bill 2, a bill that will be before the January session of the Legislature which would legalize medical marijuana. The hearing is, however, a chance for medicinal cannabis proponents to educate legislators about the medical benefits of the herb.

I should add that Channel 42’s reporter got my friend Ron Crumpton‘s name wrong; he’s Ron, not Ben. Ron is co-president of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (along with my friend Chris Butts).