Marijuana bill healthy for state

HB386, The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act, would protect physicians who recommend and patients who use marijuana as medicine from arrest and prosecution under state law. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already passed similar laws. It’s time Alabama joined them.

In 1979 the Alabama Legislature passed the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act and established rules for medical marijuana. The law states that medical marijuana can be used in the treatment of cancer and glaucoma. Sadly, due to drug war politics, that law was never implemented.

Patients in Alabama deserve all options when it comes to treating debilitating and sometimes deadly illnesses. Patients are our family members, friends, neighbors and veterans. And one day they could be you.

Basing access to medical marijuana on geographic location makes no sense. Diseases don’t strike based on geographic location and treatment should not be forbidden based on geographic location. Government interference in the doctor/patient relationship is nothing less than socialized medicine. Imprisoning patients for using a plant that can potentially cure their illness is morally bankrupt and sadistically cruel.

Please contact the members of the House Health Committee and your own representative and senator and ask them to support HB386.
Loretta Nall, executive director, Alabamians for Compassionate Care

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