Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Hears Public About Proposed Regulations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – On Thursday, Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Commission received feedback on its proposed rules and regulations for the state’s newest incoming industry.

Last year, the Alabama legislature approved medical marijuana. But some proposed security regulations for producers — like having security guards and three-inch steel doors — haven’t worked so well.

“Three of these requirements – an all-floor installation, three-inch steel doors, and reinforced exterior walls would not be typical of a greenhouse,” one commenter said.

“There’s no three inch steel door unless you have a safe,” another commenter said.

“We need two guards on site 24/7. It’s quite expensive,” said one speaker.

The Commission said it would take the comments into consideration. Others had questions about who can prescribe medical cannabis.

“Will chiropractors of people with chronic pain have that opportunity?”

Board Director John McMillan said the Board of Medical Examiners will assess who can become certified.

State Minority Director for Medical Marijuana Antoine Mordican urged the Commission to ensure the application process is fair for those who wish to participate.

“My comment really speaks directly to making the regulations competitive enough for Alabamians to participate, for the fees to be acceptable and competitive, for locals to participate and be involved,” Mordican said.

Xavier Carr, owner of House of Hemp in Prattville, plans to apply to operate a medical cannabis dispensary.

“I hope the Commission will look to people like me who are already serving the community with a legal form of cannabis,” Carr said.

Medical cannabis should be available in the state by next fall.

The Commission requests that prior to their August 11 meeting, any further public comments be submitted online by August 5.

Aurora J. William