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Alabama House takes no vote on medical marijuana after 9-hour debate

www.al.com May 5, 2021

Alabama House takes no vote on medical marijuana after 9-hour debate

Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives blocked a vote tonight on a bill to legalize, regulate, and tax medical marijuana.The House adjourned at 11:43 p.m. after debating the legislation more than nine hours.They will return at 8 a.m. Thursday.“I hope and pray that we take up where we’re at and we stay with this until we get an up or down vote,” Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, the House sponsor of the bill, said. “And I think you can see from the votes so far that there is a huge amount of support in this body, bipartisan support.”Ball was referring to procedural votes on the bill today that passed by wide margins. But the final vote did not come tonight. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, said tonight as he left the chamber that the House would return to the medical marijuana bill Thursday morning. McCutcheon said he expects there will be a vote Thursday.The speaker said the House on Thursday will also consider the bills to allow a lottery and six new casinos in...


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