NASHVILLE—After nearly two hours of testimony and debate, The Medical Cannabis Act is on to the next committee in the Tennessee General Assembly.
House Bill 1749, sponsored by 11th District State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), passed the Criminal Justice Committee hearing on Wednesday afternoon by a 9-2 vote. The bill is aimed to give those suffering from over a dozen conditions a legal defense if the are arrested for having medial cannabis, provided they have a doctor’s note prescribing the product.
After Wednesday’s vote of approval by the Criminal Justice committee, the bill now will appear before the Health Committee. Passage in front of the health committee would send the bill to the house floor.
Wednesday’s discussion included two hours of testimony from those on both sides of the issue. Law enforcement and State Department of Health officials voiced their disapproval in the bill, as did Fourth Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn.
Dunn said he thought passage of the bill would make Tennessee less safe and cost some citizens their lives, in responses to questions from