Work begins on Alabama’s Medical Marijuana Program

The 14 people who will oversee Alabama’s medical marijuana program will gather for the first time Thursday.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, created by legislation that passed in May, will meet at 1 p.m. at the State House in Montgomery.

The panel faces several deadlines to set up the rules to launch what will be a fully intrastate program.

The law directs the commission to set up rules to allow companies to apply for licenses to cultivate, produce, transport, and open Alabama dispensaries by Sept. 1, 2022. By that same date, commission must set up a registry of patients and caregivers who can buy the products.

Alabama became the 37th state to legalize cannabis products for medical purposes, according to the National Conference for State Legislatures.

Gov. Kay Ivey, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed and others appointed the 14 members, who will lead a “seed to sale” regulatory system for medical cannabis.

The legislation allocated the slots to…..

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