VOL. 132 | NO. 218 | Thursday, November 2, 2017
View From the Hill
By Sam Stockard Updated 2:27PM
Medical marijuana legislation is evolving, not to ease people’s debilitating pain but to help it pass the General Assembly, where it’s giving some lawmakers heartburn.
State Rep. Jeremy Faison, an East Tennessee Republican ferrying the bill through the House, is offering several changes to a bill he is sponsoring with Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Nashville Republican, to soothe the nerves of state bureaucrats and lawmakers who get shaky when the word marijuana is mentioned.
“This plant for 90 years has been looked at as a bad thing,” says Faison, who hails from “God’s country” in Cosby in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Faison is holding hearings and gathering pro and con information in meetings of the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force at the Legislature this summer and fall. His goal is to educate fellow legislators about the medical value of cannabis and pass legislation enabling people to use it for everything from epilepsy to cancer, possibly weaning