VOL. 133 | NO. 44 | Thursday, March 1, 2018
By Sam Stockard Updated 2:52PM
NASHVILLE – Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the General Assembly.
Harwell, a Davidson County Republican running for governor, cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision to move the bill out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It will be heard next by the full Criminal Justice Committee.
“This has nothing to do with de-stigmatizing marijuana,” said Faison, an East Tennessee Republican. “This has everything to do with helping some sick people who can greatly benefit from this plant.”
The support of Harwell, who signed on to the legislation as a co-prime sponsor, was crucial to its movement, Faison said.
Harwell said afterward she supports the bill and believes it deserves a hearing in a full committee.
“A wider discussion of this issue is warranted, and for that to happen, it needed to advance,” she said in a statement.