Alabama GOP governor signs medical marijuana bill into law
May 17, 2021 at 19:12
(CNN) Alabama Republican Gov.
Kay Ivey signed into law on Monday a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
Ivey called SB 46 , dubbed the "Darren Wesley 'Ato' Hall Compassion Act," an "important first step" and thanked state Sen. Tim Melson and state Rep. Mike Ball, who co-sponsored the legislation in their chambers, for their hard work to address what she called "legitimate concerns."
"This is certainly a sensitive and emotional issue and something that is continually being studied," Ivey said in a statement.
"On the state level, we have had a study group that has looked closely at this issue, and I am interested in the potential good medical cannabis can have for those with chronic illnesses or what it can do to improve the quality of life of those in their final days."
Legalizing medical marijuana in the conservative state comes as a number of state legislatures are revamping cannabis laws .
Elsewhere in the South, Virginia recently made simple possession of marijuana will be legal beginning July 1, and Mississippi residents voted to create a medical marijuana program during the November election.
Alabama is the 37th state to approve of medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.