NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Will medical marijuana be on the Tennessee General Assembly’s agenda this upcoming session?
The Joint Committee on Medical Cannabis convened for the first time on Thursday to discuss the state’s options when it comes to legalizing it. House Speaker Beth Harwell requested the committee, which is made up of state representatives and senators who are hearing from law enforcement, state Department of Health staff and other various doctors and experts.
Rep. Jeremy Faison, a Republican who represents all of Cocke County and parts of Greene and Jefferson counties, co-chairs the panel.
“I feel like it’s the same arguments that we’ve heard historically. I feel like the deeper we get into this over the next couple of months, the arguments have no foundation,” Faison said. “When it comes just to the strict use of the medical grade cannabis, it’s a great benefit all the way around for the state.”
Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, is on the panel as well.
Supporters and opponents of medical marijuana packed the room to listen to the panel’s discussions. One woman,