Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Oil Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A bid to decriminalize medicinal marijuana oil has passed a hurdle in the Alabama legislature.

Senators on Wednesday voted 29-3 for the bill, which would legalize possession of cannabidiol.

Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Sanford says he hopes CBD oil access will provide a little “sunlight” to families struggling with debilitating medical conditions.

Republican Sen. Phil Williams says current evidence on the effects of CBD oils is too “experimental” and “anecdotal.”

The bill is nicknamed “Leni’s Law” after a young girl with a severe epileptic condition. Leni Young’s family left the state for Oregon, where they can legally access CBD oil.

A previous version of the bill passed the House earlier this month. Sanford’s substitute version will now return to the House for a vote.

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