By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter
On March 8, 2017, at 1:30 the Alabama Legislature will be considering a bill that would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing on HB 269 in Room 617 at 1:30 pm.
HB 269 stands on the shoulders of a strong line of marijuana decriminalization bills over the last three years. In 2014, Carly’s Law paved the way for marijuana by allowing UAB to test the effectiveness of CBD oil on seizure patients. In 2016, Leni’s Law built on that success and completely decriminalized the use of CBD oil for seizure patients. Leni’s Law was sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Ball and Republican Senator Paul Sanford. It passed the House and Senate with almost unanimous support; with a 95-4 and 29-3 vote count, respectively.