Politics Feb 28, 2018 Share
After over an hour and a half of testimony from all sides, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee narrowly advanced legislation allowing medical marijuana, with House Speaker Beth Harwell casting the tiebreaking vote.
Harwell, who is running for governor, said last fall she had changed her mind about the uses of the drug after her sister injured her back and began using it for pain instead of prescription pain pills. (The sister lives in Colorado, where all forms of marijuana are legal.)
The two Democrats on the committee, Reps. Sherry Jones of Nashville and Raumesh Akbari of Memphis, voted for the bill, as did Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown). Voting against it were Reps. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough), William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) and Michael Curcio (R-Dickson).
The legislation, which is sponsored by Nashville Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson and Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), is a much more narrowly tailored version of the bill than in years past. Only specific medical ailments would be approved for treatment with limited cannabis oil-based products — not