NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Tennesseans will soon learn about the latest efforts in the battle against opioid abuse. A bill is expected to be introduced next week by Governor Bill Haslam to deal with what’s been called the state’s top health crisis. It comes as a bill to legalize medical cannabis was filed Thursday.
The 70-page bill filed Thursday, called “The Medical Cannabis Only Act” would allow a variety of cannabis oil products, but not smoking of the cannabis plant. The measure establishes a 9-member commission to oversee licensing, regulation, and dispensing of the cannabis products.
Conditions where doctors can prescribe cannabis are numerous, such as cancer, PTSD, and Parkinson’s, but the bill would allow the commission to approve individual requests from doctor for patients.
While the medical cannabis bill is ready, top senate Republicans have another priority.
“I appreciate the discussion around marijuana and its popularity amongst people, but actually more interested in how we are going to deal with our opioid crisis,” says Senate Finance Chair Bo Watson. “My attention is on the direct problem