NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The road to medical cannabis in Tennessee remains full of twists and turns. After dramatically passing a subcommittee two weeks ago with a tie-breaking vote by House Speaker Beth Harwell, this year’s medical cannabis bill has not yet faced a full committee vote.
Twice votes on the bill have been postponed. The latest came Wednesday when House Sponsor Jeremy Faision said the TBI noticed there was nothing to prevent felons from operating a cannabis grow facility.
Representative Faision said that would be changed with an amendment ready by next week.
The overall bill allows an oil form of cannabis for medical purposes only, in such things as pills, patches, or ointments, and no smoking of the plant. The bill also cities medical conditions for the cannabis oil such as cancer, parkinson’s, or PTSD, and lays out how a new commission would oversee licensing and distribution.
House sponsor Faision remains confident he will have the votes, barely, to wind through the committee process.
Over in the Senate, with lingering opposition from Senate leaders, the