Tennessee will not pass medical marijuana bill this year, one of the measure’s main sponsors admitted yesterday.
Republican Steve Dickerson represents Nashville in the Tennessee Senate and is an anesthesiologist by profession. He introduced the Medical Cannabis Only Act in January of this year. If it had passed, it would have allowed Tennesseeans with certain serious medical conditions to use cannabis oil.
But while speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Dickerson said that the bill will not succeed this year, according to media reports.
A Matter of Votes
“Unfortunately, I do not have the votes,” Dickerson said. “Instead of dragging this out interminably…I think the better decision at this point is to put it in the general sub for the summer.”
The general sub is where unsuccessful legislation is in effect laid to rest.
Sen. Dickerson said that multiple amendments to the bill had weakened the measure and it would consequently do more harm than good.
“I fear that if we passed the water-down version of this bill, it would essentially forestall any efforts to have a much more