Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives are filibustering tonight to try to block a bill to legalize, regulate, and tax medical marijuana.

Some lawmakers are making repeated trips to the mic to try to stop what the bill’s sponsor expects to be a favorable vote.

Tonight marks the closest the bill has ever come to becoming law. It has passed the Senate three times but has never come up for a vote in the House.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, has said he expects a close vote in the 103-member House.

Several Republican lawmakers opened the debate today by expressing staunch opposition to medical marijuana, saying it would move the state in the wrong direction and they were surprised it was being considered in Alabama.

But the bill cleared a procedural motion that was necessary for the debate to…

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