Twenty-three of Alabama’s 42 prosecutors have sent a letter to lawmakers opposing the medical marijuana bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on soon.
Prosecutors say marijuana is a gateway drug and there are dishonest efforts to convince the public about it.
“Marijuana is a wolf in sheep’s clothing … too many in the public believed it was harmless,” wrote prosecutors. “That is perhaps the biggest lie that has been perpetrated in the Alabama public today. Please do not promote the lie by voting for any form of legalization beyond the pharmaceutical resources already available under state law. “
The Alabama Senate passed medical marijuana legislation enacted by Senator Tim Melson, a Florence Republican who is an anesthetist and medical researcher. The House Judiciary and Health Committees gave positive reports on the bill.
Melson said he disapproves of recreational use and his bill would ban any product that could be smoked, vaporized, or the use of the vegetable raw material.
But the senator said he believes people in Alabama should be able to try medical marijuana products for conditions and symptoms such as chronic pain, seizures, nausea, and weight loss from cancer, PTSD, autism, and others without going to other states walk. Alabama would be the 37th state to legalize medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
House spokesman Mac McCutcheon said he expected the House to vote on the bill before the end of the May 17th session. McCutcheon said he believed the vote would be close.