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Alabama General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for U.S. Senate
B+
Doug Jones (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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.”

F
Jeff Sessions (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

Jeff Sessions is a militant opponent of any efforts to reform marijuana policy who once notoriously remarked that the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” He is a staunch proponent of the long-discredited ‘gateway theory,’ and has called on federal officials to return to the ‘Just Say No’ rhetoric of the 1980s. In fact, he was one of only 16 US Senators to receive a failing grade from NORML in our 2016 Congressional Report Card because of statements like these:

“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.”

“[Marijuana] cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Jeff Sessions' views are dangerously out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws in the majority states. 

Race for U.S. House District 4
F
Robert Aderholt (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 5
C+
Mo Brooks (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for U.S. House District 6
C-
Gary Palmer (R)

Melson has re-introduced a bill, SB165, seeking to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama. The proposed bill would not allow for smokeable or vaporized marijuana products.

Race for U.S. House District 7
Your Elected Officials
Governor
D
Kay Ivey (R)
U.S. Senate
B+
Doug Jones (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

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.”

U.S. Senate
U.S. House District 1
F
Bradley Byrne (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE

From AL.com

In saying that federal marijuana laws should not be changed, Byrne said the nation needs to become more God-centered. Byrne pointed to a slight decline in U.S. life expectancy.

“In a country as rich and as prosperous as America, why is life expectancy going down?” Byrne said. “It’s because of suicide, alcohol abuse and drug abuse. People doing things that literally result in their own death. How in the world does that happen in our country? It’s because we’ve taken God out of the center of our lives. And when you try to take God out of the center of your life, you’ll keep trying to stick something else in there but nothing else will fill it – no drug, no alcohol, no power, no wealth, nothing will fill that hole.”

U.S. House District 2
D-
U.S. House District 3
B+
U.S. House District 4
F
Robert Aderholt (R) NO MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 5
C+
Mo Brooks (R) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 6
C-
Gary Palmer (R)

Melson has re-introduced a bill, SB165, seeking to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama. The proposed bill would not allow for smokeable or vaporized marijuana products.

U.S. House District 7
State Senate District 1
B
Tim Melson (R) MEDICAL USE
No stated position.
State Senate District 2
D
Tom Butler (R)
No stated position.
State Senate District 3
D-
Arthur Orr (R)
“If you want to use drugs and you want the taxpayers to pick up the tab on your health care, if this bill passes, forget about it,” said Senator Orr. “If I’m going to use illegal drugs that are going to hurt myself, why ask taxpayers to fund my medical care?” https://www.themaven.net/theweedblog/advocacy/alabama-lawmakers-propose-drug-testing-medicaid-recipients-8-e8FTA0HUOr-fZ7VUW4Fw/
State Senate District 5
F
Greg Reed (R) NO MEDICAL USE

Voted against SB165, citing his concerns about marijuana patients' ability to drive or operate machinery 

State Senate District 6
F
Larry Stutts (R) NO MEDICAL USE
"Democratic senators Linda Coleman, Vivian Figures, Rodger Smitherman and Singleton voted in favor of the Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act, while Republican senators Cam Ward, Phil Williams and Larry Stutts voted in opposition." https://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2015/04/23/medical-marijuana-bill-passes-enate-committee.html
State Senate District 7
D
Sam Givhan (R)
No stated position.
State Senate District 11
State House District 10
B
Mike Ball (R)
State House District 43