Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Hires Director, Unveils Plans to Begin Cultivation Next Year

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<![CDATA[The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission has appointed its executive director and unveiled plans to begin cultivation next year.AL.com reported that the 14-member commission selected State Treasurer John McMillan in a unanimous voice vote to lead the newly created agency, which will license and oversee Alabama’s medical cannabis industry.McMillan served 14 years on the State Personnel Board and is also a former commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to AL.com. Alabama voters twice elected him as commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Industries in 2010 and 2014, and he was elected state treasurer in 2018.McMillan plans to accept the role and resign as state treasurer, AL.com reported, which would prompt Gov. Kay Ivey to appoint a replacement to complete McMillan’s term.“More than anything it’s just the challenge of being able to start a significant state agency that I think stands to really help a lot of people that need it as we move forward,” McMillan told the news outlet when asked why he wants the executive director role. “We’ve had some good research going on and there’s been interest in this for a number of years. It just appeals to me with my experience in state government and government agencies, you might say fixing some of them, that this is an opportunity to start something from scratch and get it right and see it bloom.”Medical Cannabis Commission Chair Dr. Steven Stokes told AL.com that he hopes McMillan can assume his new role by Oct. 1.Ivey signed legislation in May to legalize and regulate medical cannabis in the state, and the Medical Cannabis Commission received its final appointments in July.The commission now plans to ask state lawmakers to revise Alabama’s medical cannabis law to allow for cultivation to begin at an earlier date than is outlined…

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