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Could Carly’s Law Lead to Medical Marijuana in Alabama?

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(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) – One of the biggest stories to come out of this year’s legislative session in Alabama was the passage of Carly’s Law.

The law legalizes the use of a marijuana-derived oil nicknamed “CBD” to treat seizures. It’s named for a little girl from Pelham who suffers severe episodes. It also sets up a one million dollar study at the University of Alabama-Birmingham to examine the oil’s effectiveness.

Approving a component found in pot for medicinal use might once have seemed impossible in Alabama. So does Carly’s Law open the door for similar legislation in the state? Maybe even medical marijuana?

WHNT News 19 talked with Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) about that possibility. He was a champion for Carly’s Law as it worked through the legislature.

Asked about the possible precedent set by Carly’s Law, Ball admitted “it was certainly a step in trying to extract the substance with medicinal value” from pot.

Despite that step, along with national polls showing a rise in approval for legalized marijuana – even among conservatives – Ball doesn’t see a real shift in Montgomery.

Of several “pot-related” bills introduced this year alone, “[Carly’s Law] is the only one that I’ve seen that had a chance for passage,” Ball said.

Ball stressed that in the case of Carly’s Law “CBD” oil has no recreational value. You can’t get high off it.

As a result, you shouldn’t expect to see a flood of marijuana-related bills up for consideration in Alabama’s legislature anytime soon. What might be possible though? Marijuana-related bills that try to address a specific medical need.

“When it comes to helping folks, and when it comes to helping things that may heal and ease pain, we shouldnt rule anything out,” Ball said.



    • Shepherd Yerusalem

      Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.

      TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

      ALCOHOL  (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

      ASPIRIN  (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

      CAFFEINE  (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000
      “LEGAL” DRUG OVERDOSE  (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000
      ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200
      MARIJUANA – 0 

      (**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

      Accordingly a 1993 study concurs regarding marijuana and driving safety:

      “Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight…did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured…” – U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT

  • Wake Up

    It is not that it could — it will! Eventually the public opinion will soften after that making recreational use easier to get passed!

  • Joan McLemore

    The Federal laws through the FDA and DEA should be brought in line with better and faster access for those that need the medical help from what this herb offers.

  • bkg

    Never done it. though statistically marijuana is safer than Alcohol, yet we can by alcohol at most stores easily. I don’t recall reading in the papers or hearing on the news “We have a fatal accident involving a motorist who was high on marijuana”, but we hear and read all the time about drunk drivers killing other motorists. Where is the logic in having a substance that is known to impair to the point of death legal, and having one that statistically has no fatalities or overdoses made illegal?

  • Rick Dennis

    Mike does not believe in helping kids or anyone else if it involves something with street value. It is not like 90% of the medicines it could be used to replace have street value, or that marijuana is easily available on the street. Get real Mike.

  • caliboss

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

    Senator Kimberly Yee of Arizona is denying a marijuana research bill for vetarans, she should be jailed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • Nathan

    It’s always been here and isn’t going anywhere prohibition has never worked its rather or not our politicians would like to see all the money involved go to helping our states schools an road construction or into the pockets of corrupt politicians and drug lords….

  • Drew

    Laws on pot, gays, and immigration are too incompatible with the rest of the country. Eventually we’ll have to wall-off the South, designate it an autonomous US territory, and let it devolve into an English speaking Guatamala.

  • ryan

    I have cancer, sucks… i just wont to be normal. Marijuana really helps me. I have tryed lots of different meds. Some not good. Marijuana keeps me eating and disconnects my pain. Its not a 100% but its the best thing i can get. Please make this drug legal.

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