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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Friday, 11 October 2019 15:46

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence isn’t just someone hitting someone else. “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

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Commission approves 2019-2020 budget Friday, 11 October 2019 15:41

During public comments at the last Jackson County Commission meeting held on September 30, 2019,

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Council approves bids, paving Friday, 04 October 2019 18:45

Scottsboro City Council members voted to approve the budget for paving at the last council meeting held on September 23, 2019.

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On August 24, 2018, a letter from Jackson County District Attorney Jason Pierce was delivered by the Scottsboro Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office to businesses throughout Jackson County.

According to the letter, Pierce was notified that various businesses were in possession of and distributing CBD oil. Pierce directed those businesses to cease and desist from possession, selling and distributing products that contain cannabinoids found in the plant Cannabis (CBD Oil).

An Attorney General's opinion was issued on August 29, 2017 in regards to CBD Oil. That opinion states, “If the FDA approved cannabidoil as a new prescription drug and that drug is properly classified and placed in the appropriate schedule for controlled substances by the DEA and that State Board of Health, a pharmacist who receives a prescription from a legally competent practitioner licensed by law to prescribe CBD that is prescribed for its intended and true use may dispense CBD pursuant to that prescription."

Pierce and Assistant District Attorney Brent Benson want to remind citizens that the substance is illegal. Benson stated, "CBD oil is marijuana. The oil is a component of marijuana that has little THC in it. In the event the CBD oil shows zero percent THC , it is still illegal because it's a component of marijuana. There has been a push to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, so there is some confusion. Marijuana is a Controlled Substance under Federal and State Law. However, under Carly's Law, CBD oil is legal if a patient has received a prescription based on a study conducted by UAB Department of Neurology for a debilitating epileptic condition."

He went on to explain that Lenni's Law provides a defense to misdemeanor possession of marijuana if a defendant is found in possession of the oil and has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition or chronic disease which produce seizures. A person found in possession of CBD oil could be charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Trafficking in Marijuana or Possession of Marijuana 1st.

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