Alabama Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Alabama Senate passes medical marijuana bill
The Alabama Senate approved a medical marijuana bill with a 21-10 vote Thursday. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA/AP) - The Alabama Senate approved a medical marijuana bill with a 22-11 vote Thursday.

Advocates hope to make headway after years of setbacks.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people with a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana for more than a dozen conditions - including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain - and purchase cannabis products at one of 34 licensed dispensaries. Melson said he was optimistic about the bill’s chances.

It will now go to the House.

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