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Ivey signs bill creating medical marijuana study commission

June 11, 2019
In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to supporters at a watch party in Montgomery, Ala., after she won the election. Ivey's office said Monday the governor has signed a bill creating a medical marijuana study commission that will make recommendations for legislators to consider next year. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to supporters at a watch party in Montgomery, Ala., after she won the election. Ivey's office said Monday the governor has signed a bill creating a medical marijuana study commission that will make recommendations for legislators to consider next year. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new medical marijuana study commission will make recommendations for Alabama legislators to consider next year.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Monday that the governor had signed the bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence. The commission is tasked with helping to draft legislation ahead of the 2020 session.

The measure was approved as a compromise after a bill to allow medical marijuana stalled in the Alabama Legislature.

Melson’s original bill would have allowed patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval. The Alabama Senate approved the measure, but the proposal hit opposition in the House of Representatives.

The signed bill also extends Carly’s Law that allows some patients to access CBD oil through a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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