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CULLMAN, AL (WAFF) -
One of the hot-button issues up for debate this session is legalizing medical marijuana. In fact, it's the eighth straight year it's been introduced in the legislature.
The Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition is pushing for its legal use as a painkiller. House Bill 2 will be discussed Wednesday in the House Health Committee.
The coalition's co-president, Chris Butts of Cullman, said it could be kicked out first thing. It's an uphill fight.
"This is going to be a battle from start to finish. There's a lot of misinformation out there. Honestly, the Republican leadership is against this," said Butts. "The cannabis plant was medicine in this country until 1942… They had a lot of cannabis-based medicines over-the-counter here in the U.S."
"It will be re-introduced next year if it fails this year. We've made this a year-round lobbying effort," he said.
Right now, 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana; 20 more states have pending legislation.