Alabama medical marijuana commission to hold first meeting

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More than 60% of people who use medical marijuana want to relieve chronic pain.
Wochit, Montgomery Advertiser

Dr. Steven Stokes was once skeptical about medical marijuana. But the “semiretired” oncologist from Dothan has changed his mind after volunteering at a clinic in Marianna, Florida, where medical cannabis is available. 

“I think it helps them,” Stokes said in a phone interview on Monday. “It’s a good appetite stimulant … it’s an effective treatment.”

Whether Stokes and other doctors will be able to recommend cannabis for patients in Alabama could depend on the deliberations of the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, a 15-member body authorized by the Alabama Legislature last spring after a bill legalizing medical marijuana floundered in the Alabama House. The commission, of which Stokes is a part, has its first meeting scheduled on Tuesday.

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