The legalization of medical cannabis has inched another step forward in the state of Tennessee.
On Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved on a 9-2 vote an altered version of the Medical Cannabis Only Act of 2018.
State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-11th, of Cosby, the sponsor of the legislation, said on Wednesday evening that the bill’s committee approval was “a big victory” for medical cannabis advocates.
However, Faison went on to say that like with most types of legislation the bill required some compromise in order to accomplish that task.
Last week, some major changes made to the Medical Cannabis Only Act turned the bill’s focus to decriminalization instead of access.
Under its current form, the bill will decriminalize possession of cannabidiol for patients with several medical disorders as long as that individual possesses a valid prescription from a doctor or a medical marijuana card from another state. The medical cannabis cannot be inhaled, but can be used in other medicinal forms.
While those patients would be protected legally in the state for possessing medical cannabis,