Alabama lawmaker sends medical marijuana motion to the governor

A medical marijuana legalization move will be forwarded to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey after lawmakers gave final approval late Thursday.

The Senate, as expected, approved changes by the House of Representatives, which passed the bill in an historic 68-34 vote on Thursday. The State Senate approved its version in February.

It is uncertain what Ivey will do, but she signed a bill in 2019 that renews a provision allowing children with seizures to use cannabis oil.

Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola told the Associated Press that the governor realizes how emotional the problem is, as evidenced by the hours of debate in the house.

“We are sensitive to it and will give him the care he deserves,” Maiola said late Thursday.

Alabama would be the 39th state to legalize medical marijuana and the third in the Deep South, despite Mississippi’s program being challenged in the state’s Supreme Court.

The Alabama measure is restrictive, with low daily milligram purchase limits and license caps.

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