Gov. Kay Ivey Monday signed a controversial bill legalizing medical marijuana in Alabama. "This is certainly a sensitive and emotional issue and something that is continually being studied," Ivey said. "On the state level, we have had a study group that has looked closely at this issue, and I am interested in the potential good medical cannabis can have for those with chronic illnesses or what it can do to improve the quality of life of those in their final days." The law authorizes the use of marijuana for more than a dozen conditions. Opponents warned that the law could lead to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Doctors will be allowed to issue medical marijuana cards to patients who can buy the product in certain forms, including tablets and capsules. Marijuana may not be smoked, under the law, or issued as cookies or candy.