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Alabama bill to create medical cannabis study group advances

The Alabama Legislature might create a medical marijuana study commission that could 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 might vote Friday on the watered-down bill.

State Sen. Tim Melson, a Republican, said the measure would be a step toward allowing ailing patients to access medical marijuana.

Melson’s original bill would have allowed patients with certain medical conditions to purchase MMJ with a doctor’s approval.

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

Previous efforts to allow medical marijuana have faltered in the conservative state.

– Associated Press

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