Ala. House panel votes 'no' on medical marijuana

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.

The committee voted 12-2 against the bill by Democratic Rep, Patricia Todd of Birmingham.

Todd told committee members that marijuana can ease the pain of people suffering from cancer or other diseases. She said the image of someone toking on a joint is not always accurate with medical marijuana which is often taken in pill form or in food. To illustrate the different ways to take marijuana, Todd brought committee members brownies, but assured them they contained no marijuana.

Committee members had little to say before voting to kill the bill. Todd said marijuana is safer than other pain reducing drugs like morphine.

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