NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – After nearly two hours of testimony and some surprise support here, history was made for medical cannabis in the state of Tennessee. Lawmakers in a key House committee passed a stripped down medical cannabis bill by a vote of 9 -2. The bill now heads to the Health Committee.
“At the end of the day we have advanced medical marijuana with the THC in it farthest than has ever happened so far,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison, the bill’s sponsor.
Earlier, emotional testimony was heard on the issue that’s divided Tennessee’s Capitol Hill over medical cannabis. There was a seizure victim who told how she’s helped by cannabis.
“There was a time period from 2006 to 2010 where I did have any seizures at all, how you ask, because of cannabis,” said Andrea Howser.
Law enforcement countered on a number of fronts, from the THP, worried about traffic deaths because of cannabis use, to District Attorneys citing cases they have encountered.
“THC, the exact same drug that you are asking, that you are asking to