Hostility against medical marijuana legislation is declining in the state of Alabama, leading some to believe that a new, more comprehensive bill has a better chance of passing this year than ever before.

Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, is sponsoring this year’s legislation, drafted by the Ron Crumpton-led Alabama Safe Access Project. It’s the first time such a bill will be considered by the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, failed to even pass in committee through the House of Representatives in previous years.

A public hearing on Senate Bill 326 — Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act — is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. during the Senate Judiciary Committee in room 325.

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