Medical marijuana bill advances in Tennessee

In somewhat of a surprise, a medical marijuana bill was approved in a Tennessee legislative subcommittee by a voice vote yesterday. Next up is a vote in the full House Health and Human Resources Committee.

Please ask your legislators to support HB 294.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis), told reporters that the bill envisions perhaps the strictest medical marijuana program in the country. In fact, it may be a bit too strict. By requiring physicians to “prescribe” marijuana, the bill would not be workable under federal law.

There’s still time to amend the bill, though. For now, the important thing is the attention yesterday’s vote received. News outlets throughout the state reported on the bill’s progress, sending a clear message that medical marijuana is a legitimate topic for discussion in the Volunteer State. Please keep that discussion going by emailing your legislators now.

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