By Steve Elliott
When I was growing up in rural Alabama in the 1960s, my Mom was fond of saying, "Can't never could, but 'try' caught a rabbit." What Mom was trying to convey is that you miss every shot you don't take, and that there's no substitute for effort towards reaching a long-sought goal.
Evidently my Mom wasn't the only one in the Heart of Dixie who taught her kids to be determined, because my friends Ron Crumpton and Chris Butts of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (AMMJC) never say "can't," and these men never tire -- they just keep trying.
The latest effort to reform the marijuana laws there has been introduced by Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) in the Alabama House in the form of House Bill 550, The Alabama Marijuana and Hemp Reform Act of 2013.
House Bill 550 would allow adults 21 or older to use or possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to grow up to 12 mature cannabis plants in an enclosed, locked space. Adults would be allowed to share -- but not sell -- marijuana with other adults.
The Alabama Department of Revenue would regulate the cultivation, processing, packaging, testing, transportation, display, and sale of marijuana and related accessories. Marijuana sales would be prohibited except by licensed, regulated cannabis stores.