Medical marijuana proposals eyed in Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina

State legislators in Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina have filed or pre-filed bills establishing such medical marijuana programs, according to a Reckon South report.

These states would join Mississippi, the latest state to adopt a medical cannabis program, making it the 35th state to legalize medical cannabis.

In Alabama, state Sen. Tim Melson plans to file a medical cannabis bill similar to the one he filed in 2020.

This will be the third year Melson has presented a medical cannabis bill in the state legislature.

Smokable and vaping medical cannabis products would not be authorized under the bill, only tablets, certain types of edibles and creams. It would not allow any food products containing cannabis, like cookies or candies.

Patients suffering from several conditions could qualify for cards. Patients who don’t suffer from any of the conditions listed in the bill could appeal to a board for special consideration.

In South Carolina, state Rep. Bill Herbkersman and state Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican and Democrat, respectively, have prefilled versions of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act.

In 2018 and in 2020, versions of the bill failed.

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