VOL. 11 | NO. 14 | Saturday, April 7, 2018
SPECIAL EDITION The Status of Health Care By Sam Stockard Updated 12:35PM
NASHVILLE – Three Shelby County lawmakers played key roles in helping a medical marijuana bill move through the Legislature, supporting its passage in the House Criminal Justice Committee before the bill was pulled Tuesday, April 3, by its Senate sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville.
A medical marijuana decriminalization bill backed by several state representatives from Memphis is dead for this session. (Shutterstock)
Democratic state Reps. Raumesh Akbari and Antonio Parkinson of Memphis and Republican Rep. Jim Coley of Bartlett had voted in favor of legislation that would have decriminalized possession of medical marijuana in the form of capsules, patches, ointments, lotions and oils to treat about 15 debilitating diseases such as AIDS, cancer and even arthritis.
Under the decriminalization measure, people would have had to obtain a doctor’s permission from a state where medical marijuana is legal and obtain it elsewhere as well. The bill no longer called for a