Nearly three years ago, State Rep. Jeremy Faison walked out of the House of Representatives chamber at the state capitol in Nashville with a smile on his face.
“That was awesome!” Faison said, just after his fellow lawmakers had passed the state’s first legislation allowing Tennessee patients who suffer from severe seizures to legally possess and use medical cannabis oil.
Last week, Faison, R-11th, of Cosby, introduced legislation, along with State Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-20th, of Nashville, that would allow Tennessee patients with other specific health conditions access “to safe, regulated medical cannabis oil-based manufactured products only,” a news release from the legislators says.
Faison, who represents parts of Greene and Cocke counties, was the driving force behind the 2015 legislation. He said he was spurred to sponsor the bill after meeting with Greene County families and others who had children with uncontrollable seizures, who were considering moving to Colorado, where it was legal to do so.
“I’m so thrilled! This is a big day for Tennessee and a big day for families and children all across