Medical Marijuana Alabama

Sheila Cook, a nurse of Huntsville, Ala., holds up a sign with the word "patient" during a medicinal marijuana legalization at a rally, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Cook says that she suffers from fibromyalgia and was bedridden before trying marijuana. And now she says she feels lighter and more balanced.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — 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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