STATE HOUSE MAY VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA STUDY COMMISSION

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers might create a medical marijuana study commission that would recommend legislation for next year.

The proposal is a compromise after a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana hit opposition in the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives could vote Friday on the watered-down bill.

Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence says it would be a step forward toward the eventual goal of allowing ailing patients to access medical marijuana. Melson’s original bill would have allowed patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval.

The Alabama Senate approved the measure in a 17-6 vote, but the bill hit opposition in the House.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says more than 30 states have approved some form of a medical marijuana program.

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5/31/2019 4:47:21 AM (GMT -5:00)

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