Alabama lawmakers have voted to decriminalizing marijuana in the state’s legislature.
According to the Birmingham News, the vote was unanimous.
The bill passed by a vote of 27-14, and it now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.
The measure is a major step toward making it legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
In the past, Alabama has had to pass a law that made possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
But this new bill would not allow individuals to grow up to six plants at home.
The current law only allows for up to two plants.
“It’s a really good bill,” State Rep. Brian Jones (R) told the Birmingham Business Journal.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the House bill.
I’ve never had a problem with it, and I’ve seen a lot more bills pass.
I think it’s a good bill.”
A new law would allow individuals who want to buy marijuana to do so from a licensed retailer and provide a health-certified ID.
The retailers would then have to follow the same rules as other businesses.
The legislation would not apply to those who possess less than six plants.
The bills comes as states across the country grapple with the rise of legal marijuana and a surge in drug overdose deaths.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in January that it will prosecute more than 600,000 people for possessing less than one ounce of cannabis, up from about 30,000 in 2015.