Alabama Medical Cannabis Association Forms with Government Affairs Veteran at Helm

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Association, launched last month, named government affairs veteran Patrick Lindsey as the group’s first executive director. 

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The Alabama Medical Cannabis Association is now active, having launched last month, with businessman and government affairs veteran Patrick Lindsey as the group’s first executive director. 

“It is a true honor to serve as the first executive director of this novel association, which is launching at the perfect time to advance the wellbeing and future of Alabamians. With illicit and deadly fentanyl lacing street drugs and the opioid epidemic ravaging communities across our state, there has never been more of a need for safe, controlled, medically prescribed cannabis in Alabama.” — Lindsey in a statement to Alabama Daily News

Lindsey worked in governmental affairs for 17 years. 

The association says it will promote “safe, affordable, and accessible medical cannabis for Alabama patients by supporting the growth of a responsible and safely regulated business environment for its members.” 

The group named Alva Lambert as its deputy director. Lambert previously served as a deputy district attorney for The Office of The Montgomery County District Attorney, and as executive assistant to the governor. In 1997, Lambert was appointed as executive director of the State Health Planning and Development Agency where he remained for 21 years until his retirement from the state government in 2018. After leaving the agency, Lambert was named director of business development for Alabama for Bernhard Energy. 

The state is also home to the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association which was formed last year. 

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