Alabama House, Senate Pass Carly’s Law, Slightly Amended

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)- State Representative Mike Ball, R-Madison, confirmed to WHNT News 19 that the Alabama House of Representatives passed “Carly’s Law” in the early morning hours Thursday.

Rep. Mike Ball holds a child that will benefit from Carly's Law at the state house. (Photo: http://www.gracephotographystudio.com/)

Rep. Mike Ball holds a child that will benefit from Carly’s Law at the state house. (Photo: gracephotographystudio.com/)

The bill passed the House shortly after 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning by a 97-0 vote.

The bill would legalize an oil derived from the cannabis plant to be used for medical purposes to treat seizure disorders.

The House amended the bill slightly, though, so the bill will go back to the Senate for a final vote.

The amendment contains language Children’s Hospital wanted included in the bill, according to a post on the Carly’s Law Facebook page, which has followed the bill’s move through the Alabama Legislature.

The Senate approved the bill later Thursday, according to Carly’s Law supporters.

The bill will now go to Governor Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it.

25 comments

  • Skillpot

    I am not sure about the bill being in “God’s hands,” but, it is good that the Bill is about to become law!

  • Lee Roy Sanders Jr

    Carly’s Law” is the carrot held before the horse pulling the carriage. It is a beginning but Marijuana (*Cannabis Sativa) should never have been made illegal to use to begin with. Decriminalize Marijuana and keep This Big Brother Government of Alabama from destroying our freewill’ and it’s liberties.

    • Angalee Jones

      What about everybody else? My mom has cancer she’s 81. She’s depressed, in pain, nauseous, vomiting, she refuses chemo and radiation and I think it would kill her. She desperately wants marijuana to help her. I want it for her. Marijuana’s being harmful are lies ever since 1937. Its’ good for people and would be free if not for greed. Government has no right to dictate the use of plants that come from nature. Government has no right to give big pharma companies permission to turn it into a commodity to make themselves rich. If its good for us and we can grow it ourselves its our right to do so. Get out of our gardens! No more bailouts for the rich, we pay for everthing they pay for nothing. Cannibis was free should be free. Government has been sending cans of marijuana cigarettes 300 every 25 days for 28 yrs. to one man for his disease. Government has given the same to dozens of others for years each month. Gov. knew Cannibis helps people since Nixon and was beneficial before 1937 it was in 80% of over the counter medicines. Because Rockefeller wanted his chemicals sold he and others banded together to ruin hemp and marijuana. Does the guilt not bother you guys at all? You are killing people and have killed people with your cowardice!

      • Angalee Jones

        Excuse me, Hearst, didn’t want competition for his plastics so he used his influence to destroy the hemp business. Just like now all kinds of big businesses like prisons, hospitals, medical research institutions, big pharma, funeral homes would lose money. If schools need money and roads etc. tax the 1% and quit giving them money hand over fist. Gov. says they want to lower health care costs this would help. Void the law because it was fraudulent. Since there is little or no harm with marijuana. Quit taxing us and tax the 1%. We have the right to grow this plant if we desire and consume it. Remember all rich and poor have loved ones and they do not want to them die or suffer for another mans yacht ! Angry Daughter of a Cancer Patient your stalling is killing people.

    • Rockfall

      Nonsense! Alcohol and the other intoxicants cause TOO MUCH LOSS to the people of Alabama and the South. Nobody needs more methods for our teenagers and adults alike to adopt for becoming intoxicated, careless, or distractible drivers on our roads to produce more auto wrecks and victims and run up our insurance and taxes even higher! And nobody should seek to profit from selling stuff that will help the young or the foolish among us to fall into a self-destructive behavior. Carly’s medicine doesn’t hurt any of us as long as the law is strongly constructed and enforced. If we let our sheriffs and mayors and prosecutors and judges fail to enforce the marijuana law strictly, we will have more trouble.

      • Joe M

        So, are you law enforcement or do you work for one of the pharmaceutical companies? It has to be one of the two, because anyone else with any common sense at all knows that marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous as alcohol or ANY of the “legal” drugs passed out by the doctors. Just curious……

  • Pam Collins

    I’M SO GLAD THIS LAW WAS PASSED. NOW MAYBE THE PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT ARE ON VERY STRONG PERSCRIPTION MEDS. CAN BE LOOKED AT ABOUT GETTING US OFF THESE DANGEROUS MEDS. PLEASE PEOPLE THESE MEDS. ARE NOT GOOD FOR ANYBODY AND WOULD YOU PLEASE TRY TO GET A LAW PASSED WHERE WE CAN GET CANNIBUS SO WE CAN COME OFF THIS MEDS. IT WOULD STOP ALL THE OVERDOSES AND THE PEOPLE SHOOTING THEM UP AND USING THEM IN THE WRONG KIND OF WAY. IT WOULD STOP A LOT OF KILLING AND STEALING.PLEASE I ASK GOD TO HELP BECAUSE THE CANNIBUS COMES OUT OF GODS GREEN EARTH. SO PLEASE DO WHAT U CAN TO GET THIS LAW PASSED. THINGS WOULD BE SO DIFFERENT AND I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT BELIEVES THIS WAY. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.

    • propmaster

      First, it is spelled CANNABIS not cannibus. Second, people will still abuse drugs. Legalizing marijuana won’t change that. It will just make it where politicians can accept kick backs and levy new taxes against marijuana, thereby lining their pockets. Any of you idiots that believe that this will do anything other than allow hospital facilities to administer a medication which reduces the amount of lethal epileptic seizures in children and teenagers needs to ensure that you never breed. There is enough stupid in the world. Carly’s Law provides for the safe administration of CBD Oil (CBD counteracts THC, just so you know) to children and teenagers with a rare, lethal form of epilepsy. They don’t just give you a bag of prescription weed. You still have to go to a criminal for that, which makes you an accessory to a criminal conspiracy.

      • Annmarie

        I guess they abuse marijuana like they abuse chamomile, valerian root, kava kava, Passion flower…. but if that’s how you perceive the use of marijuana then alrighty. You can’t really abuse a plant.

      • ariel

        marijuana shouldn’t even be a debate if you know anything about it thats true, you know its not bad for you at all. and fact is it wont stop people from abusing actual drugs but it will put a lot of drug dealers out of business if it was ever legalized, and instead of police and the courts lining their pockets it would be going towards the city and id much rather it went there. Also, police could focus just on real drugs and not fill the prisons with innocent people when people like meth manufacturers, who cant go to prison for their crimes, need to be in there. everyday they let a thief/rapist/drug addict free just so they can lock up someone who just wanted to partake in a plant that is far less intoxicating than any medication you get from the doctor, and could never hurt you.

      • Angalee Jones

        I don’t care how it’s spelled. I saw it spelled cannibis so many times I picked it up. I did think was spelled with an A. You are right however everyone could see they had to pass and change it for the childrens hospital approval. Cowards and snake oil salesmen!

  • Stephanie

    so the law was just passed for children with seizures? my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November tho she has an awesome ontologist she doesn’t have quality of life the side effects from taking pain pills and pain patches are starting to affect her organs everything starting to slow down so she may actually not die from cancer for some pain pills is there any way to get a prescription for the legalized syrup for my dying mother?

    • Rock

      Stephanie, I sympathize with you for your mother. My loving mother also was found in November, on Thanksgiving weekend, (of a different year) with cancer in her pancreas, very painful in the end, 6 and 7 months later. Would this medicine have helped her? Would any kind of marijuana have helped her? I don’t know, no doctor ever suggested it would. I hope you can find a really good, Christian, sympathetic pain doctor for your mother. Obamacare and Federal bureaucracy drove my excellent M.D. to close his practice, and my family needs a good, healing doctor. This medicine is extracted from the hemp plant (a.k.a. marijuana) and concentrated by a special process with expensive equipment and care to keep it pure and powerful and uncontaminated. Little Carly wouldn’t get relief from the marijuana leaves that folks sell. No way could she or an adult, either, smoke enough of it to take in the good stuff, enough of the good stuff to stop her seizures, and from what I have read, this medicine would not be expected to relieve cancer pain, either. Maybe you could arrange to take your dear mother to Colorado for a few weeks this Spring, where you could have a doctor to prescribe the best marijuana for her, to find out if it would do her as much good as the medicines that her oncologist has been prescribing. Marijuana cannot cure cancer at all, but maybe it would be worth the money if it would let her live more comfortably and enjoy her family’s love for a while. Best wishes. Cancer is tough on a family. I can tell, you love her.

      • Steve Csi

        It’s a shame that people don’t bother to educate themselves and would rather sit idle and let a loved one die. Cannabis oil cures all form of cancer. 1 hour worth of your time would tell you that. This is the internet, educate yourself.

  • Stephanie

    I thank God this law was finally legalized for all of these children and babies suffering needlessly. . congratulations to all who have worked and fought to legalize this in the state of Alabama .. Thanks to all :-)

  • Jane

    I agree, cannabis should never have been made illligal There are so many uses for it, including making bibles and other books from the fiber. But what gets me is how they made hemp illegal as well when it can’t make you high. the feds made it mandatory for farmers to grow hemp at one time to insure there was plenty of fiber for rope and sailes for ships ,and for other items needed during both World Wars. Then it was mandatopy for NO ONE to grow it just a few years later. What happened?

  • Jeff R

    I’m not a marijuana smoker, but I have tried it many times back in my younger days. Pot has always been the one thing that you just never heard of anyone having problems with when it comes to health. I just cant see how a lot of folks think its ok to get drunk on alcohol (something well know to cause many health issues and death) but think marijuana is TABOO. I also cant understand why people wouldnt want to legalize pot and give sone of these pain patients another option other than strong pain killers like oxycontin, morphine, etc!!! How on earth can it be ok to take stuff like that and not try marijuana as an option?

  • Boiling

    But what about me and other adults who have seizure disorders? For children who suffer from seizures I am glad this passed, but everything I read and heard in the media says this law says “for children”. I have suffered from epilepsy for 23 years and have several types of seizures including the bad ones…Grand Mal seizures. Why do my seizures not qualify to be treated with this new therapy?

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