Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jan 2012
Source: Opelika-Auburn News (AL)
Copyright: 2012 Media General, Inc.
Author: Evan Haarbauer


Why are so many states interested in medical marijuana? As the 
Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (AMMJC) says: "Marijuana is 
medicine, and it always has been."

As 16 states have initiated legislation, there is a surge of interest 
in medicinal marijuana and the science of the endocannabinoid system. 
Alabamians are joining the coalition to support a medical marijuana 
bill that is sponsored by Rep. K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, and could 
pass in 2012. The Alabama Medical Marijuana Patients Rights Act is 
comprehensive legislation that would allow medical use of marijuana 
by verified patients.

Many have remained silent regarding the therapeutic uses of the 
plant. Many are not aware of how it can help debilitating illnesses 
or sick family members. Interested citizens have a right not to 
remain silent, and advocates may join organizations like the AMMJC, a 
nonprofit activist group based in Cullman. Find its website at or on

The coalition recommends becoming informed of its mission, writing 
state representatives, donating or purchasing items on sale, and 
spreading the word so people in need may benefit in a safe and legal way.

Evan Haarbauer

Vestavia Hills
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