We all know that many states are pushing forward new legislation in favor of medical marijuana. However, what if a state’s voters want medical marijuana on the table, but their legislature isn’t doing anything about it?
That’s what’s currently happening in Alabama. According to this article, many residents of Alabama are interested in seeing some sort of legislation proposed around medical marijuana. However, absolutely none of their state lawmakers have any plans to introduce a bill anytime soon.
One of the major obstacles in the approval of medical marijuana across the country is that lawmakers really don’t want to tackle it. We get it–medical marijuana law can be tough, and creating the laws around an entirely new industry for your state isn’t a simple process. But when your constituents want it, you can’t just continue to kick the can down the road.
Of course, there are obvious other reasons for laws not going forward. Many lawmakers, no matter the wishes of their constituents, do not want to bring medical marijuana forward due to their own biases with the drug. We can’t blame then entirely–multiple decades of treating it the same way heroin is treated certainly doesn’t help–but ignoring the will of the people who voted for you is not the wisest decision to make.
Come the 2018 mid-term elections, it’ll be very interesting to see what happens to Alabama legislature if not a single medical marijuana bill is proposed. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as any developments arise.