The Alabama Legislature might create a medical marijuana study commission that could recommend legislation for next year.
The proposal is a compromise after a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana hit opposition in the House of Representatives.
The House might vote Friday on the watered-down bill.
State Sen. Tim Melson, a Republican, said the measure would be a step toward allowing ailing patients to access medical marijuana.
Melson’s original bill would have allowed patients with certain medical conditions to purchase MMJ with a doctor’s approval.
The Alabama Senate approved the measure in a 17-6 vote, but the bill hit opposition in the House.
Previous efforts to allow medical marijuana have faltered in the conservative state.
– Associated Press