DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission is in the process of getting the medical cannabis program up and running.

The cannabis commission was created after Alabama legalized the use of medical marijuana last year.

The main purpose of the commission is to regulate the medical cannabis program, which helps license facilities that use medical cannabis.

On Monday, the director of the commission spoke to the Dothan Rotary Club about the challenges they are seeing in jumpstarting this program.

“We have one problem, and that is to overcome the stigma of marijuana, or I should say illegal marijuana,” Executive Director of Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, John McMillian said. “People need to know that when we have this program up and running. It’s going to be safe and secure.”

McMillan says medical marijuana will be used primarily for chronic pain, anxiety, and also by some cancer patients.