Alabama lawmakers talk medical marijuana bills

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama could become the 34th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. Representatives Mike Ball and John Rogers both have medical marijuana bills. 
Alabama has allowed for limited marijuana derivatives to help people with certain medical conditions. 
Republican Representative Mike Ball says his bill could help people suffering from 33 different medical conditions. 
“I just think it’s time that we laid the fear to rest, and not let the fear stand in the way of doing good,” said Rep. Mike Ball. 
Ball’s bill is titled Compassion, Access, Research and Expansion (CARE) Act, it would allow people with a qualifying condition to obtain medical grade cannabis. 
“Those that want to use this for bad they can go buy a bag of dope they could use that all they want, right now we’re keeping the people that could use this for good from using it for good.” 
This bill would also establish the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission. Ball says that group would oversee which doctors could prescribe cannabis, who gets cards to purchase the marijuana, and which dispensaries and growers get a license to operate.
Ball’s bill is in a House committee now, he expects it to move to the House floor soon. 
Democratic Representative John Rogers is also working on a medical marijuana bill. He hopes his bill leads to decriminalizing marijuana. 
Rogers stated, “Some stores I heard of are already selling jellybeans and everything else with marijuana in it. Why not legalize it and decriminalization it and free up some of the jails?” 
Rogers wants to join forces with Ball to create a solid bill to pass the legislature. 
He said, “I didn’t find anyone against it, everybody asked me do I have samples.”
Rogers plans to file his bill after the legislature’s spring break. 

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