Alabama Might Try To Legalize Medical Marijuana Again

A proposed bill in the state legislature will face an uphill battle to become law

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Alabama might get a second chance to legalize medical marijuana.

However,  a proposed bill in the state legislature will face an uphill battle to become law, NBC 15 reports. Although the bill has the support of 12 out of 18 sitting members of the state’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission, several high-profile political figures have spoken out against it.

Alabama’s attorney general wrote a three-page letter to lawmakers urging them to oppose the bill – and denounce the use of cannabis altogether. Meanwhile, Mobile County district attorney Ashley Rich is also against the bill, arguing that legalizing medical marijuana will lead to crime. He cited statistics related to traffic deaths, homicide and emergency room visits in Colorado.

Medical marijuana advocates have disputed claims that legalization will lead to crime, according to the report. They counter that cannabis is one of the best ways to effectively treat sufferers of chronic pain.

In the United States, marijuana is illegal under federal law, but more than 33 states have legalized the substance for either medical or recreational use.

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