Senator says marijuana legalization in Alabama unlikely - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Senator says marijuana legalization in Alabama unlikely

Senator Orr highly doubts marijuana usage will be legalized in Alabama. (Photo: MGN Online) Senator Orr highly doubts marijuana usage will be legalized in Alabama. (Photo: MGN Online)

Since buying marijuana in Colorado has become legal, people from as far away as Virginia have stood in line to buy cannabis.

Sales started this morning at eighteen new legal dispensaries in the state. The state's new amendment allows adults over 21 years old to purchase marijuana at state-controlled retail stores.

Alabama State Senator Orr said similar marijuana legislation is introduced annually here but always fails. Senator Orr said any kind of marijuana legislation introduced in this state will go up in smoke, but some Huntsville residents are open to the idea.

Opinions in Huntsville range from keeping marijuana illegal to opening it up for medicinal use to doing what Colorado is doing and selling it for recreational purposes. But Senator Orr said he believes the social cost far outweighs any positives marijuana legislation brings.

Marijuana advocates said Colorado's law will cut down on overcrowding in jails, create major tax revenues and create a previously untapped economic sector. But Senator Orr said there are factors people aren't talking about that really makes him against supporting similar legislation here.

"Will there be organized criminal elements coming to Colorado that ordinarily would not come?" Senator Orr asked. "Will people just start abusing marijuana? Will truancy in schools or people showing up for work decline because they're at home smoking marijuana?"

We did some digging and found Alabama legislation pre-filed that would make possession of marijuana offenses only punishable by a fine.

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