The movement to reform our failed cannabis policies has grown tremendously in recent years and months. It's not slowing down anytime soon. Cannabis reform is a mainstream issue, and frankly, there's no denying it. A majority in the county support legalizing cannabis, and 81% support its legalization for medical purposes. On top of this, a majority of states in our country (27 in total) have either decriminalized cannabis possession (14), or legalized it for medical and/or recreational purposes (18). The remaining states are hard at work towards reform, and advocates in the states mentioned above are vehemently trying to improve their situation. For those who have been on the line about getting involved in helping bring cannabis law change, now is absolutely the time to jump in. Below is a breakdown of efforts going on around the country: Alabama: In Alabama, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition has announced that they're working on 5 cannabis-related bills; everything from simple (though substantial) patient protections, to full legalization. The first of these five to be filed, House Bill 315, has been assigned to the House Committee on Health. The bill would provide prosecution protection for patients who possess and cultivate cannabis, as long as they get a recommendation from a doctor, and then a license from the state's Department of Health (which will determine the possession limits). Arizona: In Arizona, Republican representatives are attempting to repeal the state's medical cannabis laws, by putting it, once again, to a vote of the people. Arizona...
An Alabama mother was arrested last week after police claimed she smoked marijuana around her 23-month-old son.
Mack, 23, was arrested and charged with "chemical endangerment of a
child," according to booking records, reports Theresa Seiger at AL.com.
arrest resulted from one of those "suspicious smell" complaints from a
neighbor that are feared by all cannabis users in non-legal states.
to Cpl. Arlan Gaines, public information officer for the Saraland
Police Department, the boys in blue "discovered that marijuana had been
smoked in the residence while a toddler was present," Gaines said.
It's unclear to us here at Toke of the Town exactly how
using cannabis in the same house with a toddler constitutes "chemical
endangerment of a child," since the body's own endocannabinoids are not
only present in mother's milk, but are necessary for normal health and
And never mind the fact that
parents in Alabama can get just as drunk as they want while their kids
are in the house, without any fear of criminal charges.
had no known prior arrests in Mobile County. Booking records show she
was released on bail the same night of her arrest, December 4.
Last year, an Alabama woman was arrested after her infant tested positive for marijuana.
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.
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).