Alabama mother Jodi Mitchell has led the fight for cannabis law reform in Alabama. Visit her son Robert’s Facebook page here.
Along with the rest of the south, Alabama is slowly but surely being dragged into the 21st century by those who are fed up with the incredible amount of collateral damage being done to patients by the nearly century-old war on the cannabis plant.
Recently signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley, Leni’s Law will provide an affirmative defense against prosecution for seizure patients and other Alabamians who suffer from debilitating medical conditions, and who are in possession of CBD (cannabidiol) or low THC oil. Under the new law, no medical prescription is required to obtain cannabis oil. The oil can’t be used for recreational purposes, and it has a THC level of no more than 3 percent.
In order to qualify for the affirmative defense that is provided in Leni’s Law, the person possessing CBD or low THC oil must have a documented debilitating medical condition or be the parent or legal guardian of a minor who has a medical condition that requires the use of cannabis oil.
“In response to information from families who had seizures, two years ago we did Carly’s Law,” state Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) told the Anniston Star. “There was anecdotal evidence, but we didn’t have scientific results. We did a study at UAB and it showed promising results,”
More Details on Leni’s Law
According to the new law, a debilitating medical condition is defined simply as “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition including one that produces seizures for which a person is under treatment”. Patients who can demonstrate that they have 1) a debilitating medical condition or 2) is the parent or legal guardian of a minor who has a debilitating medical condition may not be prosecuted for possessing CBD or low THC oil that contains up to 3% tetrahydrocannibinol (THC). Additional protections were added in the law barring the state or law enforcement officers from removing children from homes where either the parent or the minor is using cannabis oil legally.
You can download a copy of Leni’s law here or read it in its entirety below.