Some lawmakers are backing a bill to legalize cannabis oil for medicinal purposes in the state of Tennessee.
A medical marijuana task force was formed earlier this year to study the topic of medical marijuana and then make a recommendation to be presented to the general assembly.
The co-chair of the task force, state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, is confident their bill will pass once it hits the table, but critics are urging a “no” vote again on the issue.
“What you need to understand, in Tennessee, the cannabis plant is coming and it’s coming to every state in America,” Faison said Friday. “We don’t want to wait until every state around us has something and then we are trying to build an airplane while we are flying.”
Faison said 30 states have already legalized medical marijuana including, most recently, Arkansas, which borders part of Tennessee.
“We as a state need to realize that we have people in Tennessee who will want to be able to legally go across state lines and pick up cannabis for their physical problems,” Faison