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Why Marijuana Should be Decriminalized in Alabama

Defense attorney John Michael Barclay believes pot should be legal. He's not alone in this thinking. According to a Gallup Poll survey in 2013, 58 percent of Americans said marijuana should be decriminalized. There may be even more people today who support legalization, as each year more Americans are realizing that marijuana prohibition has done more harm than good.

Many marijuana users are productive members of society, with good jobs and strong ties to their communities. Yet they're forced to live like outlaws for using a product that some scientists say is more harmful than legal products such as alcohol and tobacco.

As an experienced lawyer who has represented clients who have been busted for possessing pot, attorney Barclay knows how the strict state and federal drug laws can turn a good person's life into a legal nightmare. A conviction for possessing marijuana can result in thousands of dollars in fines and may even come with a jail sentence.

Attorney John Michael Barclay Serves on NORML Legal Committee

That's why attorney Barclay is proud to serve as a member of NORML legal committee. The NLC includes attorneys who are committed to the overall goals of the organization. John Michael uses his skills to inform the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws of current trends in law enforcement as well as important court decisions. He makes himself available to provide legal assistance in important cases.

In Alabama, you can receive a misdemeanor conviction, up to one year in jail and a $6,000 fine for possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use. If it's possession of pot for other than personal use, you can be charged with a felony and face up to 10 years in prison and $15,000 fine, according to NORML.

While Alabama has some of the strictest drug laws in the nation, the tide is turning in other states. According to NORML, 20 states have decriminalized certain marijuana possession offenses. Some of the states are decriminalizing pot for medical use. Marijuana has been successful in helping to relieve nausea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The drug has helped people suffering from HIV or AIDS who have lost their appetites.

Cannabis also has helped relieve chronic insomnia. In an essay, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta described how he reviewed scientific literature which helped him change his mind on weed. He became an advocate for medical use of marijuana, finding evidence that the drug has many legitimate medical applications. In his article, he noted that smoking tobacco is more addictive than smoking marijuana.  While thousands of people die from alcohol-related causes every year, there is no evidence of anyone dying from a marijuana overdose.

Unfortunately, every day people must show up at courts in Birmingham and across Alabama to answer to charges of possession of pot or possession of paraphernalia.

Without competent representation, these folks can end up paying a high price. That's why it's critical to contact experienced attorney John Michael Barclay if you or someone you know is facing marijuana charges. Attorney Barclay will put his experience to work for you. You'll get someone who understands what you're going through - someone who will be at your side every step of the way. Call (866) 584-1023 today or complete our free consultation form.

Don’t take chances with your future. Get the professional legal help you need now. Contact Barclay Law, LLC. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you get your life back on track. We proudly serve clients throughout the state of Alabama.

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