Group to begin work on Alabama’s new medical cannabis program

CANNANNEW REPORT reports The 14 people who will oversee Alabama’s new 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 sell the products by Sept. 1, 2022. By that same date, commission must set up a registry of patients and caregivers who can buy the products. 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 appointees with certain professional backgrounds, such as medicine, agriculture, and pharmacy. Ivey appointed Dr. William Saliski Jr., a pulmonologist from Montgomery; Sam Blakemore, a pharmacist at Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham; and Dwight Gamble, a bank executive from Headland. Ainsworth appointed Dr. Angela Martin, a pediatrician from Anniston; Dr. Eric Jensen, a biochemist from Brownsboro; and Loree Skelton, a healthcare lawyer from Birmingham. McCutcheon appointed Rex Vaughn, a Madison County farmer and north region vice president for the Alabama Farmers Federation; and Charles Price, a retired circuit judge from Montgomery. Reed appointed Dr. Steven Stokes, a radiation oncologist from Dothan; and Taylor Hatchett of Boozer Farms in Chilton County. Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate appointed James Harwell, former executive director of the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and president of Green Thumb Nursery in Montgomery. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris has appointed Dr. Jerzy P. Szaflarski, director of the UAB Epilepsy…

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