Nashville Post Magazine Dec 06, 2017 Share
As each legislative session comes and goes, two Tennessee legislators’ quest to legalize cannabis for medical use seems less and less quixotic.
State Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Nashville Republican, has been pushing the medical cannabis legislation for three years. The anesthesiologist is currently conducting hearings along with co-sponsor Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, in anticipation of introducing a bill once again for the 2018 session.
“I’ll keep sponsoring it until it passes,” Dickerson says, echoing a statement he first made three years ago. “It continues to look more and more likely every year. But at this point, it’s still a flip of the coin.”
The two tout cannabis as a safer alternative to opioids, but they’re facing pushback from fellow Republicans in the legislature, state health officials and representatives from law enforcement agencies.
“We’re having to break some really longstanding, firmly and fervently held beliefs, and those things don’t change overnight,” Dickerson says.
Their efforts could get a boost from a more mainstream wing of the ruling