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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Representative Mike Ball is currently working on a rough draft of a bill that could help children suffering from epileptic seizures. Ball said it won't be a proposal that could open the door the legalization of marijuana, but it would call for the legalization of cannabis oil.

The oil is said to have low levels of THC, no psychoactive effects, and can serve as a "rescue drug" to bring children out of severe seizures.

"This substance shouldn't even be confused with medical marijuana," said Rep. Ball.  "This is not even medical marijuana, that's a separate issue."

Right now, he is trying to figure out how he can write a bill legalizing cannabis oil, but not marijuana. He wants the public to know it's not the same thing.

"It has no value as a recreational drug.  You can't get high off of it," Ball said.

Rep.Ball has a team in Montgomery doing research on the drug and looking into a way to legalize it without legalizing the marijuana plant itself.

Ball is working with Representative Patricia Todd of Birmingham on the possible bill. He said it will be after the first of the year before he gets a rough draft started.

"The bill that I come up with on this, it will be narrowly crafted," Ball said.

Ball has spoken out against the legalization of marijuana. However, he told WHNT News 19 that education is key. He won't be asking for marijuana to be legal, just the oil that comes from the plant.

"People have suffering children, we just have a moral responsibility to do what we can to help them," he said.

Related: One of the families who contacted Rep. Ball lives in Madison.  Read our interview with Gena Dalton, about her daughter Charlotte's battle with seizures.

Rep. Ball said that he is well aware of the can of worms that might be opened, but he thinks a little bit of patience and support from the people of Alabama will go a long way.

"You learn about it, and you learn the potential, it's just one of those things, it's dangerous ground you walk on, but sometimes in life we're just supposed to walk on dangerous ground," said Ball.

Ball said before he introduces the bill, he will have several law enforcement agencies and government officials glance over it.

"There will be several sets of eyes on it," he said.


  • John Westberry

    I support any and all bills for medical cannabis. I have a group in Alabama with over 1800 members and they also support medical cannabis. We will be at the statehouse when the sesion starts in jan.

    • Eddie

      After reading on the subject over the last several months I have reversed my view on cannabis. I had no idea how or why it has been made to be SO illegal, and then I find out our government has a patent on using “marijuana” as neuro protectants. The citizens of the U.S. paid for the patent, so do we own it, I ask? Count me in 1800 + 1 more!

  • Dana Boren

    Medical Cannabis can be used for other things, not just for seizures, God Bless the children that have to go thru seizures everyday more than one. Medical Cannabis has many more medical use It should be passed for more medical use. I think you will have over 1800 members to support medical cannabis.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    20 years behind us ALA, sad and scary…nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody


    • Red

      So TRUE. And isn’t it ironic that the South is so “conservative”, so “anti big government”, so for individual responsibility and individual accountability. Isn’t it IRONIC? There is a clear reason for this dichotomy, and all a person has to do to understand it, is to THINK about it. THINK! If I said it, my comment would be flagged and removed.

      Legalization of marijuana for recreational use will result in some problems for some people, but it’s easy to imagine that those problems will be far less destructive than the legalization of alcohol, not to mention the destructive effects of the stigma of arrest and incarceration has on peoples ability to make a living in a world where everything revolves around the almighty dollar. But it will take the money out of the hands of the cartels and the dealers and the black market. There will also be some money lost by police organizations who conduct the “War on Americans”, the court system, etc as well as money lost potentially by the pharmaceutical companies. And these are all very powerful influences. None of these groups will just sit by idly and watch that revenue be “redistributed” for any good or noble purpose without putting up a fight.

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