Senate sponsor Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, opted to send the measure to general subcommittee, where bills ultimately die, due to the lack of support from legislators.
The House Criminal Justice Committee approved an amended version of the bill last week.
House bill sponsor Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Crosby, introduced an amendment that alters several key pieces of the bill but has the same ultimate goal.
“After listening to several people, frustrations on a lot of different sides, I decided to put forth an amendment that would basically decriminalize the sick Tennesseans that we’ve identified with the 15 qualifying conditions,” Faison said.
The bill would allow the oil-based marijuana products for patients with cancer, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, severe arthritis, Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia and more.
The Senate version of the bill would have created a commission, composed of doctors, pharmacists, law enforcement officials, educators and patient advocates, to provide oversight and accountability for the industry. The commission would issue registration cards to qualifying patients and more.
Faison’s amendment eliminated those measures and would require qualifying