• Today’s cannabis is “not your grandfather’s marijuana.”
• Your average middle schooler knows how to score weed.
Those are just some the thoughts of state lawmakers and officials during a task force meeting Thursday to study the possibility of a medical cannabis program in Tennessee.
A Republican-led effort to start a program here died in the legislature earlier this year. But lawmakers agreed to a review of the issue in the legislature’s off-season.
The Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Cannabis met for the first time Thursday in Nashville. The hours-long meeting brought testimony from legal experts, cannabis industry officials, and state health and law enforcement officials.
It was the first of three meetings. The task force will meet again in Knoxville next month and then in Memphis in November.
Lawmakers wanted to know if marijuana was actually safe and effective for patients, what other states have done, and whether or not the federal government would ever crack down on the medical cannabis industry and its