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Alabama governor could send medical marijuana bill back to the Legislature today

Monday is the last day of the 2021 Legislative Session. On the previous legislative day, the Alabama House of Representatives passed medical marijuana legislation. The Senate concurred with House changes and sent the bill, SB46, to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk for her consideration. That was on May 6. Today is May 17, and the bill still has not been signed.

Ivey praised the work that sponsors, Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, and Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, have done on the bill, but that her staff is studying medical marijuana bill. The governor could sign the bill into law. She could veto it or she could send it back to the Legislature with an amendment. If Ivey amends the bill, Monday is the last day to do it as this is the last day of the session.

“We will continue to review it and it helps some people, but you just don’t want it to get out of control, but I hope after thoroughly reviewing it, we can sign the bill,” Ivey said on May 7.

On Thursday, marijuana opponents held a rally in Montgomery asking the governor to veto the legislation. [Read more at Alabama Political Reporter]

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