A strong supermajority of Alabama voters favor medical cannabis as a recent Mowery Consulting Group poll conducted in partnership with the Alabama Medical Cannabis Association found 79% back the reforms with just 9% opposed, according to Alabama Political Reporter. The state’s medical cannabis law was signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey in May, just days after lawmakers approved the legislation.
In a statement, Alabama Medical Cannabis Association Executive Director Patrick Lindsey described the poll results as “a little better” than the organization expected.
“It shows both the need for the product, and that this process is establishing an industry that is here to stay.”— Lindsey, in a statement, via the Political Reporter
Medical cannabis is not yet available in Alabama as the state Medical Cannabis Commission is just starting to accept industry applications. The state is accepting licenses until December 30 but sales are not expected to commence until 2023.
David Mowery, Chairman of Mowery Consulting Group, said in a statement that the firm “rarely” sees the level of support “for a product or service that is not currently allowed in the state.”
“These are the types of numbers any politician would be happy to use as a vehicle for signature legislation,” he said in the statement. “Anyone wishing to revert the laws on this issue is going to have a tough row to hoe when it comes to the next election.”
During the last legislative session, state lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to decriminalize cannabis possession in the state, but that measure didn’t make it to the full chamber for a vote.
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