NASHVILLE—The Medical Cannabis bill, which passed the Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week, has been rescheduled for discussion next Wednesday before the full committee.
The bill, which is sponsored by 11th District State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), narrowly passed through the subcommittee hearing last Tuesday by a 4-3 vote. Tennessee House Speaker and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell, who last week signed on to the bill as a co-sponsor, cast the tie breaking vote.
Discussion on the legislation was scheduled for Wednesday’s 1 p.m. eastern committee hearing and was placed on the committee’s calendar, but was removed from the schedule on Wednesday and rescheduled for next week.
House Bill 1749 is intended to decriminalize the sale and possession of medical marijuana by licensed medical cannabis establishments and creates rules and guidelines for those establishments. It also seeks to decriminalize the use and possession of medical cannabis by a qualifying patient and establishes the medical cannabis commission.
Since the Feb. 20 meeting of the Cocke County Legislative Body, the topic has been one that