Panel considers if medical marijuana is right for Alabama

A bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes stalled in the Alabama Legislature earlier this year but led to the creation of a panel to study the issue.

The Medical Cannabis Study Commission met for the first time today. The panel heard a presentation on the specifics of the bill and on policies in 33 other states that have approved medical marijuana.

The commission also heard from Cynthia Atkinson of Auburn, wife of beloved Montgomery television meteorologist Dan Atkinson, who died of Parkinson’s disease in 2017.

Cynthia Atkinson said she and Dan traveled to Colorado in 2015 seeking relief from his severe leg cramps.

“He had Parkinson’s for over 10 years,” Cynthia said. “At times his legs, most of the time for the last three years, his legs would feel like he was in vice grips.”

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