VOL. 133 | NO. 66 | Monday, April 2, 2018
By Sam Stockard Updated 3:47PM
Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee could return to its original form, setting up a state commission to oversee use of the drug to treat debilitating illnesses. Any such move also could bring lobbyists back into the fold after they dropped support of the bill when its sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, abruptly changed the bill and left onlookers flabbergasted.
The decriminalization form of Faison’s bill enabled him to push it further than medical marijuana has ever gone in the House of Representatives, in part because two committee members oppose creation of a state bureaucracy.
But Faison, an East Tennessee Republican, told Criminal Justice Committee members he could not guarantee the bill would remain the same and he would not bring it back if he did make a major amendment.
“In the Legislature, if something’s controversial, I call it a moving target. It’s always a moving target, and in each committee you have to adjust to hit that moving