Alabama to Legalize Medical Marijuana, Kansas to Consider It Next Year

Alabama to Legalize Medical Marijuana, Kansas to Consider It Next Year

Following the sudden wave of marijuana legalization in states like New York, New Jersey and California, sources have claimed that Alabama is expected to become the 39th state to legalize marijuana for medical uses. Governor Kay Ivey is yet to decide whether to legalize marijuana or not.

Gina Maiola, the governor's spokesperson, said that Ivey is sensitive towards this issue and will give the due diligence it deserves. While the house has already passed the Senate Bill 46 or also known as The Alabama Compassionate Act, the decision to sign this bill into a law is in the hands of the governor.

According to the Senate Bill 46, the state will provide-

  • Five vertically integrated licenses
  • Four dispensary licenses
  • Four processing licenses
  • Four cultivation licenses

However, products like vaping products, smokables, candies and cakes will not be prohibited under the law. Moreover, expect some cases, the product must not exceed the daily THC dosage limit of 50 milligrams.

On the other hand, the Kansas State House also passed a bill containing restrictive measures to legalize medical marijuana in the state. However, Senate President Ty Masterson said that this House-amended Senate Bill 158 is coming too late to be reconsidered in 2021. He also stated that although they won't be able to sign the bill this year, they will definitely be considering this next year.

Gov. Laura Kelly said that she might pass the law next year as this bill would improve Kansas' overall economy.

Under this bill, products like smokables and vapes will be prohibited. Home cultivation will also be prohibited under this law.

In Minnesota, adult-use legalization has already heard 12 hearings. The bill is yet to be passed by the house. However, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said that the republicans are against the legalization of adult-use marijuana, making the bill highly unlikely to be passed this year.