Ivey signs bill creating medical marijuana study commission

Maricruz Casares
Junio 12, 2019

A bill that will require the chemical castration of some sex offenders in Alabama as a stipulation for parole has been signed by the state's governor.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will administer the treatments.

Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Calhoun County, sponsored the legislation and said last week it would help stop people from molesting children.

Hurst added, "People say this is inhumane".

The measure was approved as a compromise after a bill to allow medical marijuana stalled in the Alabama Legislature.

Several states have authorized chemical castration, but it's unclear how often it's used.

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The legislation defines chemical castration as "the receiving of medication, including, but not limited to, medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person's body".

"They really misunderstand what sexual assault is about".

"We certainly think that it raises constitutional concerns", Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, wrote in an email.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law Monday, CBS affiliate WIAT reported.

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