Packages Of Marijuana Wash Up On Beaches In Alabama, North Carolina

ALABAMA:  An Alabama man stumbled upon a 10-pound package of marijuana that washed up on the beach.

Multiple news outlets report that Ron Smith was taking a morning walk near the Cotton Bayou Beach access in Orange Beach on Tuesday when he noticed what he thought was a seat cushion floating in the water.

Upon closer inspection, he realized the package was actually a bag full of compressed marijuana.

Smith called police, who picked up the package. Authorities say the bag weighed 10 pounds and was worth about $8,000.


Alabama Senate Committee Gives OK To Medical Marijuana Bill

ALABAMA:  In a somewhat surprising move, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill passed in an Alabama Senate committee on Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Sen. Bobby Singleton’s bill a favorable report on a 4-3 vote after little debate. The Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act can now be considered on the Senate floor.

Senate leadership could, however, refuse to put the bill on a calendar so it can be debated and voted on by the full body.

A standing room only crowd filled the committee room hoping to participate in a public hearing on the bill. That hearing, however, was taken off the committee agenda prior to the meeting.

CBD Oil Now Legal In 12 States

ALABAMA:  Legislation allowing the production of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana has been approved for limited use in 12 states.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many chemicals in marijuana. Recent publicity about children who suffer from seizures benefitting from oil extracted from marijuana that has almost no THC (i.e hemp)) has set off a wave of legislation like never seen before. Now state reps can favor marijuana without the fear of people getting high from it. This explains why so many Republicans are sponsoring these bills.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown, in alphabetical order:


Alabama Senate Facing Bill Allowing Marijuana Oil

ALABAMA: A Huntsville legislator expects a close vote when the state Senate considers his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children’s seizures from epilepsy.

Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says his bill could win or lose by a single vote.

Sanford’s bill was on the Senate’s work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.