This week Alabama senators finally approved a medical marijuana bill to regulate the production, sales, and use of medicinal marijuana.
Now the bill heads to the House of Representatives and if passed would become a law.
The bill, by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, passed in an overwhelming 21-8 vote.
The legislation would allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis products for a broad range of conditions such as anxiety, nausea, chronic pain, and sleep disorders.
The bill, called the Compassion Act, would also create a Medical Cannabis Commission that would oversee a “seed-to-sale” system, issuing licenses for the cultivating, processing, dispensing, transporting, and testing of medical cannabis.
Patients who qualify would receive medical cannabis cards.
The bill would not allow the use of raw plant material or products that would be smoked or vaped.
If the bill passes, Alabama would become the 37th state to legalize medicinal marijuana according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
This is the third time the Senate has approved a similar bill in recent sessions.