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State lawmakers may study medical marijuana

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Alabama lawmakers voted Friday to create a medical marijuana commission that will make recommendations for a bill they might consider in the 2020 legislative session. This is less than what proponents of the original bill had in mind. That plan would have created a medical marijuana commission to implement and regulate the legal of cannabis. The measure that was approved yesterday was a compromise after an original medical marijuana proposal hit opposition in the House of Representatives. The study commission bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. The 15-member commission would include doctors and others appointed by the governor, legislative leaders and the attorney general. The panel would submit draft legislation and recommendations to lawmakers by Dec. 1 The approved study commission bill also extends Carly's Law, a law that allows some patients to access CBD oil through a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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