This post will be way more complicated than it needs to be.
Attorney General Luther Strange wants to cut off gambling in Alabama, State Representative Joe Hubbard does not. The Poarch Creek Indians are using PACs to feed Hubbard’s campaign.
Efforts to reach the Strange campaign and a spokeswoman for the Poarch Creeks were unsuccessful.
According to campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state, the Poarch Creeks made these contributions on Feb. 26:
— $83,000 to Speed PAC of Montgomery, operated by lobbyist John Teague.
— $84,000 to T PAC of Montgomery, operated by Teague.
— $83,000 to AL PAC of Montgomery, operated by Teague.
According to Hubbard’s campaign finance report for February, his campaign received on Feb. 27:
— $75,000 from Speed PAC.
— $60,000 from T PAC.
— $115,000 from AL PAC.
The three PACs also reported the contributions to Hubbard.
This complicates a tired Alabama Democratic Party attack on Republicans that they took money, through this exact same PAC laundering, from Mississippi Indians to keep gambling out of Alabama so they could maintain their gambling operations out of the state…
It is 100% true, by the way.
But Hubbard taking this money, lines him up with a pro-gambling crowd in Alabama that doesn’t really have any numbers….
The Attorney Genberal, Luther Strange, has got to love this. H can now be the anti-gambling candidate vs. the guy who has received Poarch Creek Indians’ gambling money through a shady PAC deal.
Not that he needed to bolster his anti-gambling credentials…
Strange has tried several times, with no success, to stop the Poarch Creeks from using slot-machine-like electronic bingo machines at their three Alabama casinos. In 2011 and 2012, Strange asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to ban the machines. Last year, Strange sued in Elmore County to try to shut down the casinos.
Personally, I am pro-casino gambling, but not with slots and monopolies.
SB 174 by Sanford would effectively legalize an oil derived from marijuana for medical purposes.
The bill is named Carly’s Law after Carly Chandler, a 3-year-old from Birmingham who suffers from treatment resistant seizures.
The cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is believed to help relieve some seizure disorders, according to supporters of the bill.
What exactly is so controversial about allowing a non-intoxicating substance to be used by children that suffer from seizures?
But SB 174 was near the bottom of a list of about 20 bills on the Senate’s calendar today, and the Senate adjourned without reaching it.
“It’s unfortunate we were at the bottom of a really long calendar on Thursday afternoon when my colleagues tend to worry more about getting home than taking care of state issues,” Sanford said. “That’s what’s upsetting to me.”
“It’s not even 3 o’clock. That’s not a full day’s work in my world.”
Sanford is not happy…
State Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville was upset this afternoon when the Senate adjourned mid-afternoon without taking up a bill that some families with chronically ill children were at the State House to support.
It’s not dead yet…
Derek Trotter, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, said Marsh was committed to bringing the bill up for a vote on Tuesday, the Senate’s next meeting day.
Let’s get this done.
Carly’s Law is a bill that allows a non-intoxicating variety of marijuana oil to be given to children who suffer from seizures.
Instead of understand the key part of this law is the “non-intoxicating part”, morons will make this about medical marijuana.
From earlier this year…
From: “steve clark” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com, “mike hubbard” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, “paul sanford” <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014 7:23:13 PM
Subject: Carly’s Law a Bust: We Demand Real Change.
On Friday, HB-104, Carly’s Law, was filed in the Alabama House of Representatives.
I am asking you to oppose this bill in the upcoming session because it provides no real relief for patients or their caregivers and it could prevent the passage of legislation that would provide real benefits to the patients of Alabama.
There are several problems with the bill.
First, the bill does not legalize or decriminalize the use of Cannabidiol (CBD), it merely allows for patients with an approved condition to have a medical necessity plea in court. It would not prevent the arrest of patients or their caregivers.
Second, the bill does not set an acceptable level of THC. Any marijuana extract will have at least a small amount of THC in it, and by not specifying a certain amount, any amount of THC would make the product illegal under state law.
Third, it does not provide employment protections for the patient or caregiver, and it does not protect parents who give CBD to their child from having that child removed from the home for doing so.
Fourth, allowing a medical necessity defense in court does not guarantee that the defense would be successful.
This bill is nothing but an attempt by Mike Ball, the bill’s sponsor, and the Republican leadership to say that they have done something on the issue of medical marijuana when in reality they have not done anything that will be of real benefit to the patients of Alabama.
I join with Alabama Safe Access Project- ASAP and Ron Crumpton in demanding real change that will provide real relief for the patients of Alabama and pass a medical marijuana law that makes sense.
roanoke, Alabama 36274
And as we all know, the medical marijuana crowd is actually just about getting high.
The state is not ready for legalization medical or otherwise, this is harmful to Carly’s Law.
If this thing dies, it is on the heads of these people.
UPDATE: AL.com cartoonist jumps in to the debate with the most tone deaf cartoon you can find…