The Alabama Cannabis Coalition is holding an event in Huntsville to urge marijuana legalization on Tuesday.
The rally will begin with an interfaith prayer vigil at 4 p.m. with the rally beginning at 4:20 p.m. at Big Spring International Park at 420 Church Street SW in Huntsville.
The organizers said in a statement: ”Our State and Nation’s ‘domestic tranquility’ is at an all time low. Lawmakers have for years tried to legislate our way out of division and decline. It is time for ‘we the people’ to assemble in support of natural law and those tenants of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ due to be secured and not inhibited by our Government. We are calling all ‘freedom’ and Cannabis advocates to join us for an Open Air Freedom Assembly.”
The event is hosted by H. Marty Schelper. Schelper is the founder of the Alabama Cannabis Coalition and is the president of Alabama Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. She describes herself as a natural medicine advocate.
Schelper said on social media: “Do you ever ask, ‘Why doesn’t someone do something to legalize Cannabis in Alabama?’ You are SOMEBODY. Stand UP and Speak OUT. United be STAND, Divided we FAIL. The Alabama Cannabis Coalition is sponsoring a 420 event in Huntsville, AL. Come out and join us, carpool and bring your friends. Change begins with you.”
Anson Knowles, with the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, is speaking at the event along with Trenton Garmon, a prominent civil rights attorney and natural law activist.
On Thursday, the Alabama House Health Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would allow specially licensed doctors to recommend medical marijuana to Alabama patients with a qualifying medical need. Senate Bill 46 is sponsored by state Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence. Melson has carried this legislation for the last three years. The House could address SB46 as early as Thursday. The bill has already passed the state Senate.
Tuesday will be day 24 of the 2021 Legislative Session. The Alabama Constitution of 1901 limits regular sessions to just 30 days.