Coalition concerned about Leni’s Law

Published 2:23 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition officials are speaking out against a medicinal marijuana bill affectionately called “Leni’s Law.”

The bill, filed by State Rep. Mike Ball, seeks to decriminalize the possession of medical marijuana oil that has been prescribed by a physician.

The proposed bill is named after a Leni Young, a 4-year-old, who suffers from seizures.

Her parents moved her to Oregon, where she has access to cannabidiol (CBD oil), where her parents say her seizures have been reduced significantly.

The bill is currently pending action in the House judiciary committee.

Former District Judge Trippy McGuire, who leads the CCCPCC board, said that he and Susan Short, director of the CCCPCC, went to Montgomery recently and met with Ball.

“He said that the proposed bill submitted is the first draft – just to get it going,” McGuire said. “The Alabama Law Institute is working on the final draft and they hoped to have it (Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning).”

Under the currently proposed bill, patients, parents of patients, if they are minors, would be permitted to possess CBD oil with up to 3 percent THC with a prescription.

“1960s’ marijuana had 3 percent THC,” McGuire said. “Why not 1 percent THC? That sends up a red flag to me that someone wants to get high.”

Short said that the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be done with its clinical trials of CBD oil, which does not contain THC, in a few months.

“Then the FDA go through its process,” Short said. “That usually takes one to two years. That’s how all of our pharmaceuticals are passed.”

The study is made possible through Carly’s Law, which was passed in 2014.

Leni did not qualify to be a part of the UAB study because she did not meet FDA qualifications, her mom, Amy Young told

“Our legislators have no business voting for medicine to give a child,” Short said. “I wouldn’t give it to my dog unless it was OK’d by a veterinarian.”

McGuire said he planned to talk to Rep. Mike Jones.

He encouraged everyone to contact Jones and Sen. Jimmy Holley about the bill.