BREAKING: Medical Marijuana bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee

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UPDATE:

The Medical Marijuana bill passed the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee. It now heads to the full Senate for a vote. 

ORIGINAL REPORT:

MONTGOMERY, AL (WIAT) -The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee is set to take up a bill related to medical marijuana Wednesday.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Tim Melson; it is similar to a bill in the house by Representative Mike Ball.

It’s called the Compassion, Access, Research and Expansion (CARE) Act. The bill would allow people with a qualifying condition to obtain medical grade cannabis.

This bill would also establish the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission. Ball says that group would oversee which doctors could prescribe cannabis, who gets cards to purchase the marijuana, and which dispensaries and growers get a license to operate.

Alabama has allowed for limited marijuana derivatives to help people with certain medical conditions.

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