State lawmakers in Tennessee this week heard a Republican proposal to legalize medical cannabis in the state, with the legislation appearing to attract bipartisan support.
Tennessee is one of only 11 states without a workable medical cannabis program.
That makes the state an increasing outlier even in the South, where Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi are among the states that have launched medical cannabis industries.
As WKRN reported, state Sen. Janice Bowling, a Republican, is the lead sponsor of the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act, which the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee considered on Tuesday.
The panel took no action just yet.
If passed, the bill would allow patients with one of 30 health conditions to qualify for medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.
PTSD is specifically included, in a nod to military veterans. Military veterans comprise more than 8% of the state’s population.
Bowling said her proposal came
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