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Alabama medical cannabis group begins drafting bill

November 8, 2019
In this June 17, 2015, photo, medical marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. An Alabama commission considering laws about medical marijuana met Thursday at the Statehouse to discuss the draft of a medical marijuana bill that will be introduced in the Legislature next year. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
In this June 17, 2015, photo, medical marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. An Alabama commission considering laws about medical marijuana met Thursday at the Statehouse to discuss the draft of a medical marijuana bill that will be introduced in the Legislature next year. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama commission considering laws about medical marijuana met at the State House to discuss the draft of a medical marijuana bill that’ll be introduced to the Legislature next year.

News outlets report the Medical Marijuana Study Commission met Thursday, the last time they’ll meet before the Dec. 1 filing deadline.

Sen. Tim Melson, and commission chair, asked commission members to study the proposal and make any recommended changes.

Melson championed a medical marijuana bill last spring. It went through the Alabama Senate but stalled at the House.

The bill would create a Medical Cannabis Commission to manage issuing medical cannabis cards to patients.

The bill would empower the commission to add or remove qualifying conditions based on scientific evidence.