• Governor Bentley Signs Medical Marijuana Bill
  • June 6, 2016 | Authors: H. Carlton Hilson; Kathryn M. Willis
  • Law Firms: Burr & Forman LLP - Birmingham Office ; Burr & Forman LLP - Mobile Office
  • On May 4, 2016, Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Alabama House Bill 61, which legalizes the possession or use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat “debilitating medical conditions.” Also known as Leni’s Law, House Bill 61 comes in response to a UAB study finding that CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana plants, can be efficacious in treating chronic seizures. The bill allows for the use of CBD oil only to treat “specified debilitating conditions that produce seizures,” and “is not intended as a generalized authorization of medical marijuana.” Leni’s Law goes into effect on June 1, 2016.