Tennessee Lawmaker Pushing—Again—For Legal Medical Marijuana

A Tennessee state senator has reintroduced a bill that would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis in the state. The bill, which will be reintroduced in the Tennessee legislature by Republican Sen. Janice Bowling, failed to gain enough support last year.

“There are tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans that could benefit from medical cannabis,” said Bowling.

Bowling said that constituents in her district have made it clear that they want safer alternatives to dangerous and addictive painkillers.

“This is desperately needed in Tennessee, it is desperately needed by the patients, and doctors need an alternative from opioids,” she said.

If the bill is passed, it would allow patients with one or more qualifying serious medical conditions and the recommendation of a physician to have access to medical marijuana on a regular basis. The measure would also establish a regulatory framework for the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis.

Bill Opposed by Law Enforcement

While a poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University in 2018 showed that 81% of the state’s residents favor the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, the idea is opposed by leaders of law enforcement, including David Rausch, the director of

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