Medical marijuana bill on the move in Nashville
Exciting news: there are not one, but two hearings on medical marijuana in Tennessee today! In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jeanne Richardson’s bill, HB 294, was approved by a subcommittee of the Health and Human Resources Committee last week, and today it goes before the full panel for a hearing, and hopefully a vote. The bill has been amended to correct technical concerns and would now create an effective medical marijuana law.
Meanwhile, the Senate Government Operations Committee has scheduled a hearing on SB 251, the Senate companion to HB 294, sponsored by Sen. Beverly Marrero. While the progress in the House is nice, it’s not unprecedented — a study bill was approved in committee two years ago. A committee vote in the Tennessee Senate, however, would be a first.
There’s growing legitimacy behind this year’s push. Constance Gee, who used medical marijuana in the Vanderbilt chancellor’s residence to combat the symptoms of Meniere’s disease when her then-husband was chancellor, is testifying in support of the bill. Help us build on this momentum by emailing your legislators now.
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