Tennessee Republican Lawmaker’s New Bill Would Put Three Marijuana Questions Before Voters On 2022 Ballot

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A Tennessee Republican lawmaker wants voters to weigh in on marijuana reform as part of the 2022 ballot, and he recently filed a bill to make that happen. Rep. Bruce Griffey (R) introduced the legislation last week. It would put three non-binding cannabis questions to voters: “Should the State of Tennessee legalize medical marijuana?” “Should the State of Tennessee decriminalize possession of less than one ounce (1 oz.) of marijuana?” “Should the State of Tennessee legalize and regulate commercial sales of recreational use marijuana?” The questions are meant to gauge public opinion on the issue, and if voters approved them, it wouldn’t directly translate into any policy changes. But Griffey says his hope is that the results will end up sputting legislative action. “Look, if the citizens vote in favor of it, it’s going to be hard for the legislature to not look at it,” the lawmaker told The Tennessee Star. “There’s people that are on both sides of this issue in Tennessee—and honestly I feel like we’re up there as caretakers of the people. We’re not supposed to be dictators, we’re supposed to be responsive to what the people want us to do.” “I’d like for there to be a real, robust public debate [on this matter],” he said. “This is something that the citizens ought to decide, and not just their elected representatives.” As it stands, Tennessee has one of the most restrictive medical cannabis programs in the country, allowing only limited CBD use for certain conditions. Gov. Bill Lee (R) did sign legislation in May that modestly expands the program to add more qualifying conditions for CBD oil containing up to 0.9 percent THC, but it’s not the comprehensive reform advocates have pushed. The bill will also create a commission to study broader medical marijuana legalization. — Marijuana…

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