Alabama is not a friendly place when it comes to cannabis policy. After all, it’s the home state of reefer madness champion Jeff Sessions. Currently, getting caught with a personal amount of cannabis in Alabama results in up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine. It sounds like there is a push to change that. See the message below that I received earlier today:
Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering a bill that would decriminalize less than one ounce of marijuana.
You see, today Alabamans caught with small amounts of marijuana can be sent to jail for up to one year. These bills, HB 272 and SB 251, would change the penalty for possessing less than one ounce of marijuana to a violation instead of a misdemeanor. That means the penalty would be paying a fine of up to $250 instead of facing jail time.
Please reach out to your lawmakers; your voice goes a long way. There is real momentum to pass this bipartisan bill this year. One of the sponsors, Rep. Patricia Todd, said, “I haven’t talked to one person who is against.” Time is short, so email your lawmakers today.
Marijuana Policy Project