Alabama has taken one more step towards becoming the 34th state to legalize medical marijuana. Early on Thursday morning, the state’s Senate voted 17-6 to approve HB 243 a.k.a. the CARE Act, which would establish a list of qualifying conditions for individuals seeking cannabis treatment, as well as a governmental agency to regulate the program.
“It’s not a Republican or Democrat issue to me,” Senator Tim Melson said during floor debate of the measure on Wednesday. “It’s a patient issue.