The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill authorizing medical marijuana in an unexpectedly swift move shortly after the Senate convened.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, passed the chamber on a 17 to 6 vote. It now goes to the Alabama House of Representatives.
"I think it’s a good step," Melson said. "We’ll continue on downstairs and hopefully we’ll get the governor to sign it."
Melson's bill would allow individuals to use medical marijuana for certain conditions if other treatments are not working.