In September of 2019, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, spoke with Alabama reporters on issues currently facing the state and the nation. During the call the issue of taking marijuana off of the federal controlled substances list came up.
“I think it is about time that we moved it off the controlled states list,” Jones said. “This is really a states right issue these days.”
Jones said that this would do two things: first it would “let the states make a determination themselves and it allows us to do research.”
"He has spoken openly about his stance on medical cannabis. He completely supports the use and legalization of medical cannabis. He is also a supporter of the decriminalization of cannabis because he knows the criminal justice system must get out of the business of locking up non-violent cannabis users. His focus must be on the huge opioids crisis which Alabama faces."
"Marijuana: Legalize and/or decriminalize marijuana?
Jones: Yes. Legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize recreational use."