Republican State Senator Trying Again To Bring Medical Cannabis To Alabama

One Republican lawmaker in Alabama is re-upping his efforts to bring medical cannabis to his state.

A bill put up by state Sen. Tim Melson reportedly won easy passage out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, with local TV station WAAY saying it was approved by an 8-3 margin.

Groundhog Day may have fallen on Tuesday, but the effort likely still feels quite familiar to Melson. 

After all, it was a year ago when the GOP legislator put up a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Alabama, something that has been done in nearly 40 other states. That proposal sought to establish the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, a regulatory panel that would have overseen a patient registry system, while also issuing medical marijuana cards for patients and licenses for prospective dispensaries, among other duties. 

Under Melson’s bill, qualifying conditions for a medical cannabis prescription would have included anxiety or panic disorder, autism, cancer-related cachexia, nausea or vomiting, weight loss or chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and HIV/AIDS.

Melson, a doctor, had likewise proposed a similar medical marijuana bill in 2019 as well.

The proposed legislation passed out of the Judiciary Committee last year, before gaining approval by the full

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