Tennessee Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Tennessee Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

A Tennessee Senate committee approved a restrictive medical marijuana legalization bill on Wednesday. The legislation as originally drafted requested that the state Health Department study the possibility of a medical cannabis program and report back on its findings by December. But per an amendment from the bill’s sponsor that was approved by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, that language was stricken and a measure was inserted providing for a medical cannabis program in the state. A staffer told Marijuana Moment this procedure is common practice in the legislature to open the door to more wide-ranging legislation. Senate medical cannabis bill being debated in committee in Nashville, Tennessee. https://t.co/RiiHmUolBy — Lauren Houston (@LegalizeitLala) March 11, 2020 While the amendment would establish legal access to forms of medical marijuana for patients, sales of flower and edibles would be prohibited. It also calls for the establishment of a “Clinical Cannabis Commission” that would be responsible for issuing licenses to marijuana businesses and cannabis recommendations to patients. But for reform advocates, another committee-approved amendment would prove more prohibitive and consequential. That measure would effectively kneecap the proposed cannabis law by requiring a change in the federal status of cannabis before such a program is implemented. As is stands, marijuana remains a strictly prohibited substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The amendment requires cannabis to be rescheduled from its current designation as a Schedule I drug under the CSA before marijuana sales would be authorized. Sen. @SenBoWatson added a poison pill amendment to…

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