Another state is poised to be added to the roster of places where medical marijuana is legal.
The Jackson Sun recently reported that the House at Tennessee is gearing up to discuss a newly proposed bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Republican Sen. Steven Dickerson sponsored the bill, which is now in the House due for deliberation.
As with other states, not everyone is supportive of this latest proposal. Giles County Rep. Barry Doss, also a Republican, voted negative during discussions in the Health Committee. Meanwhile, many others have not yet come up with a concrete decision due to the need for further study. This sentiment was echoed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, who said that it may be impossible to have the medical marijuana legislation approved this year.
The bill, like similar ones from other states, allows medical marijuana to be prescribed to patients diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and many others. Cannabis will be made available not as a product that can be smoked, but rather something that can be vaporized or applied topically. Patients need to obtain a recommendation from their physicians, as well as an access card issued by the state after approval by the health department.