Parliament’s SB 46 version passed 68-34 in the hall with bilateral support on Thursday after the vote on the measure was blocked by Republicans during the nearly nine-hour debate in the hall on Tuesday night. The Senate, which initially passed the measure in February, approved amendments to the law made by the House on Thursday night, by 20-9 votes, with one abstention. The legislation now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey̵
Gina Mayola, Ivy’s spokeswoman, told CNN in an email Thursday that “as with any piece of legislation that reaches the governor’s office, we look forward to a thorough review.”
“We appreciate the legislative debate on the subject,” Mayola continued. “It’s certainly an emotional issue. We’re sensitive to it and will give it the diligence it deserves.”
According to Alabama, the 37th state approves medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Domestic sponsor of the bill, Republican State Secretary Mike Ball, who opposed previous medical marijuana measures and said he changed his mind after reviewing the medical benefits of it, told CNN that the bill could change the minds of others. for the state.
“He can make a statement of our compassion. He can say that we are not completely closed to everything,” Ball said. “Many times people adjust to their way and it’s hard to open your heart to something. … It just tells you that we’re changing our minds about some things, it’s just a slow move.”
He also called on those who oppose the legalization of medical marijuana in the state to “open their hearts, open their minds and listen to the other side.”
Republican Secretary of State Rich Wingo, who voted against the bill, told CNN on Thursday that he feared it would be distributed and packaged.
“They offer chewing gum, I prefer to see them in a shape that is least attractive from the child’s point of view,” Wingo wrote in an email. “My point is anything that is less appealing to a child, the child may see these resins (left unattended) and think they are candy or daily vitamins as an example.”
The measure also faces opposition outside the legislature from 23 Alabama district attorneys, who wrote a letter to the state legislature in April urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, calling marijuana a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Efforts to legalize medical marijuana use and overhaul marijuana laws in states where recreational use is illegal have long been debated, including since 2005 when Democratic Representative Laura Hall introduced medical marijuana legislation. The latest bill is called Darren Wesley’s Hall of Compassion Act “Ato” after her son who died of AIDS.
This story has been updated with additional reporting.