SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Companies that have obtained medical marijuana licenses are facing a legal battle that is delaying the release of medical cannabis in the state.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Coalition has heard the pleas of pain patients.
They are calling on the governor to call a special session instead of waiting months for the legislative session, further delaying the process for people with qualifying health conditions.
In August, the National Medical Cannabis Commission granted 21 licenses for the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.
Days later, the commission halted the process after finding “potential inconsistencies in the calculation of scores” in the application process. Soon after, some sellers seeking licenses, like Mountaintop Dispensary in Scottsboro, filed lawsuits.
“We are a disaster in the state when it comes to the medical program,” Mountaintop’s John Deitz told News 19. “The commission has failed not only the state of Alabama but potential patients for this program.”
The private group, Alabama Cannabis Coalition, is calling on Governor Kay Ivey to amend legislation that could open up “free markets” and begin this process so that hemp farmers and suppliers like Mountaintop can potentially save the lives of residents there. ‘Alabama who are suffering. with pain.
“Most citizens are upset about companies filing lawsuits, but they shouldn’t be upset with them. They must be angry at the Legislature,” said H. Marty Schelper, founder of the Coalition. “You have a lot of terminally ill patients who have to cross state lines and obtain products on the black market and illegally just to be able to survive or just to be able to alleviate their condition. »
Deitz says most of his clients aren’t looking for a high, but rather relief.
“The longer they wait to rework or fix this problem, the more people you have who are sick and currently need medication and the more you have people who are dying and need care,” Dietz said.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission voted in September to impose a suspension of the issuance of licenses granted in August.
This suspension is in effect at least until the state legislative session opens in February.