State Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, will join nine other lawmakers, along with medical marijuana stakeholders, later this month for the first in a series of committee meetings on the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. The Joint Ad Hoc Committee On Medical Cannabis will be co-chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, and state Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, and is tasked to “study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review regarding whether the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes is in the state’s best interest.”
The committee will also make recommendations on future legislation during the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly.
During the previous General Assembly session, House Bill 860 and Senate Bill 673 were introduced and would have decriminalized simple possession of marijuana for those who possessed a valid, state-issued medical marijuana identification card and who obtained the marijuana by way of a valid physician’s recommendation.
The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, and ended the session in the General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee, while the