The notoriously conservative and dry(er) Southern region of America may soon get a whole lot greener if the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition continues to make headway in their going push to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama. While Alabama’s push for MMJ is still in its preliminary stages, the coalition’s campaign has gained a whole lot more traction and viability thanks to the endorsement of a Republican State Representative who is sponsoring the bill.
Legalizing weed is being met with skepticism, with opponents saying, among other things, it will lead to more drug abuse. “Everything is abused. Cheeseburgers are abused!” says Shannon White, a member of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition.
This is the uphill battle facing the AMMC. State Representative K.L. Brown (R-Jacksonville) is sponsoring a bill to legalize medical marijuana locally. He argues, “Cannabis is a natural substance, and I just think from a health stand point, especially someone who is not terminal, it can be much more healthy for them than using…some of these high powered medications.”
The fact a Republican is on board with the idea is a huge boost in the early stages of this push. “I’m in the compassion business. I’ve been in the funeral business over fourty years and I deal with a lot of families that have lost loved ones to cancer and various illnesses,” says Brown, adding his own sister used marijuana tablets before losing her battle with breast cancer. White is excited about Representative Brown’s participation. “Until you get a Republican on board this is not going to happen. This is the Bible Belt and this is a conservative issue. This is not Democrat or Republican, this is patient’s rights, this is quality of life.” [CBS 42]
K.L. Brown is the rare Bible Belt conservative that understands reason should outweigh preconceived notions. Roll
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