Rutherford County legislators are getting an education about the medical value of marijuana, hemp and ginseng as they face the prospect of taking a stance on derivatives of the taboo drug in the General Assembly this year.
State lawmakers, including some who are supporting a medical marijuana bill this session, recently toured the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at MTSU where professors and students are participating in groundbreaking research of compounds.
In fact, House Speaker Beth Harwell said she is supporting medical marijuana legislation, saying she believes Tennesseans “deserve” an option to dangerous opioids.
The Nashville Republican who is running for governor after some 30 years in the House of Representatives said she plans to back a bill by Rep. Jeremy Faison legalizing medical marijuana.
Faison wants Tennessee to join 30 states that allow medical marijuana. The Virginia General Assembly, for instance, passed legislation allowing doctors to recommend cannabis oils to patients and in 2017 adopted legislation allowing the cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis oils for people suffering from epilepsy.
“I think Tennesseans deserve it,” Harwell said as she