Alabama is hoping to become the next state to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use with the recent introduction of House Bill 550, also known as the Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act.
Sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham), the bill seeks to allow the possession, use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana by adults in Alabama. Currently, the state has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the country. But if HB 550 is passed, adults aged 21 and older can use and posses up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as grow up to twelve mature cannabis plants in an enclosed, locked space. It would also allow adults to share, but not sell, cannabis among other adults without the fear of going to jail, The Daily Chronic reports.
Other provisions stipulated in Rep. Todd’s proposal include allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp by Alabama farmers; authorizing the Department of Revenue authorization to regulate the cultivation, processing, packaging, testing, transportation, display, and sale of marijuana and marijuana accessories; and imposing penalties for supplying marijuana to minors under 21 years of age, except those with medical marijuana authorizations.
On April 4, the bill was read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.