Dr. Terry with State House Speaker Beth Harwell.
Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Chairman of the House Health Subcommittee Dr. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) signed on as co-sponsors to the Medical Cannabis Only Act. Both Speaker Harwell and Chairman Terry believe that inaction at the federal level is harming patients.
“I believe it is time for us to take action on the state level with regards to medical marijuana,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am in favor of this legislation, which does not allow for the smoking of medical marijuana–I am not in favor of that approach. However, the federal government continues to be a roadblock for legitimate research or medical uses of medical cannabis, but other states have enacted laws to help patients, and Tennessee should do the same.”
“The inaction and hypocritical stance at the federal level puts many patients in a bind and hinders medical research and treatment. States need to stand up for patients,” said Dr. Terry.
The Medical Cannabis Only Act, sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Senator Steve Dickerson, MD (R-Nashville), would