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County Commission receives voter precinct map Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:04

Commissioners were presented with the new voting precinct map at the last Jackson County Commission Meeting held August 5, 2019.

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Reyes updates city council about SROs Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:57

Dr. J. Reyes, Scottsboro City School Superintendent, spoke at the last Scottsboro City Council Meeting held on Monday, August 5, 2019.

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Family Wellness Court, reuniting families Friday, 09 August 2019 17:09

On June 27, 2019, four women graduated from the Jackson County Family Wellness Court (FWC). The graduates completed a year-long, four-phase program of their own volition, with one graduate being granted custody of her daughter. The participants in the program, some referred by DHR, enter willingly and participate in the many resources and classes available.

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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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