Last Friday, Sen. Rusty Crowe, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s chairman, was one of 10 lawmakers House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally assigned to serve on the Joint Ad Hoc Committee.
“This committee is hereby authorized and directed to study, evaluate, analyze and undertake a comprehensive review regarding whether the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes is in the best interest of the state,” the letter stated.
The group will make recommendations about future legislation to the Tennessee General Assembly during the upcoming 2018 legislative session.
On Thursday, Crowe said he would keep an open mind while serving on the committee and listen attentively to the recommendations of statewide physician groups, such as the Tennessee Medical Association, and his constituents.
“Marijuana is a schedule I drug, and schedule I drugs are essentially the highest category for danger of abuse,” Crowe said.
“If you look at schedule I (drugs), it says they have no currently accepted medical use, which is kind of interesting because there are physicians that will tell you it does. I was in Greeneville