A 15-person panel in Alabama convened for the first time Tuesday to consider whether medical marijuana is right for the state.
The panel, known as the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, was born out of a bill to legalize medical cannabis that was introduced in the Alabama state legislature earlier this year. As lawmakers called for more information, the legislation was shifted from a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to instead appoint a commission to study the issue.
Nearly three months later, the commission met Monday at the state capital of Montgomery, listening to presentations on medical marijuana policies in other states, as well as appeals from advocates.
The commission heard from Cynthia Atkinson, the widow of a local meteorologist, Dan Atkinson, who died from Parkinson’s in 2017.
“He had Parkinson’s for over 10 years,” Cynthia said, as quoted by AL.com. “At times his legs, most of the time for the last three years, his legs would feel like he was in vice grips.”
The website noted that Atkinson and her late husband traveled to Colorado in 2015 to seek treatment, and that he found relief from patches containing THC.
But unlike Colorado, which became one of the first two states