“Medical marijuana, there’s a legitimate need for it,” Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus admitted. “What they’re wanting to do, there’s another agenda there, and they bring that in and it’s hard to say ‘no’ to. I think it’s like opioids: They want to open the access way beyond what is necessary. How many people would want marijuana if it were limited to a tablet that couldn’t get them high?”
A “Medical Cannabis Act” sponsored in the state House by Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, would allow medical marijuana to be dispensed from licensed businesses. Municipalities would have the right to opt out of the bill. Cities and counties would also have the right to hold referenda on whether medical marijuana should be sold. The legislation hasn’t been heard in either a Senate or House committee.
Does this bill have a chance?
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, has signed on as a co-sponsor and the bill is getting a publicity push.
“Now is the time for a conservative, state-based solution to help our sickest residents and prevent law-abiding Tennesseans from