Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission voted 12-3 (3 voted no, 3 others abstained) to recommend legislation that would legalize and regulate the use of medical marijuana in the state of Alabama.
The commission reviewed a 72-page draft bill that was distributed after its last public hearing in November.
Melson said he plans to introduce a bill that will be similar to the draft bill during the upcoming legislative session that starts on Feb. 4.
Melson, an anesthesiologist and medical researcher, sponsored a medical marijuana bill earlier this year. It passed the Senate but stalled in the House, which led to the creation of the study commission.
Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.