Jeremy Faison, a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, left listens as MTSU Ph.D. student Shannon Smith show off some hydroponic Cannabis that is being grown in the greenhouse at MTSU as part of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research facilities at MTSU, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.(Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ)Buy Photo
Officials touted MTSU’s hemp research for new drugs and nutritional supplements Monday, and discussed whether medical use of non-psychotropic cannabis should be legalized.
“We have attracted more than 100 planters (farmers) in Tennessee wanting to participate,” said Ying “Iris” Gao, an eight-year associate professor of agriculture for business and science at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Gao joined MTSU President Sidney McPhee and other faculty members in talking to lawmakers who came to tour the university’s Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research (TCBMR).
In addition to learning about the research at the $147 million Science Building that opened fall 2014, those