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Study commission to legalize medical marijuana holds first meeting

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 13 2019 2:37 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Some state leaders are looking at legalizing medical marijuana for people with certain medical conditions in Alabama. The Medical Cannabis Study Commission met for the first time Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, is the chair of the commission and said the goal is to safely legalize medical marijuana.

“Three years ago I would have never carried this bill,” Melson said during the meeting.

Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, according to Melson. He wants the commission to find best practices and make sure it gets into the hands of people who need it.

The commission is comprised of physicians, pharmacists, farmers, lawmakers and district attorneys.

Dr. Steven Stokes is a licensed physician who specializes in oncology. Stokes said he has given cancer patients in Florida medical marijuana to help with pain.

Sen. Dan Roberts, who is not on the commission, voiced his concern at the meeting about other state’s who had originally legalized medical marijuana.

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