East Tennessee lawmaker to introduce medical marijuana bill

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

NASHVILLE (WATE) – Medical marijuana will again be a topic of discussion in the Tennessee state legislature as Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) plans to introduce a bill during the next legislative session.

The bill, co-sponsored by State Sen. Steve Dickerson, is called the Medical Cannabis Act of 2017 and would allow 50 growing operations around the state, including 15 in economically distressed area. The bill was announced Wednesday morning.

Medical practitioners would have to obtain a special license to prescribe medical marijuana and patients would have to get a $35 medical card. The bill would allow a maximum of 150 dispensaries in the state.

Medical conditions covered by the act would be cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, painful peripheral nephropathy, intractable pain, refractory seizures, seizure disorder, spasticity, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.

More online: Read details of the bill

Faison represents Cocke and part of Jefferson and Greene counties. He said in October he planned to introduce a medical marijuana bill after meeting with several families who moved from Tennessee to Colorado to get treatment they can’t get here.

Previous story: Family says moving from Tennessee to Colorado saved their daughter’s life

A bill sponsored by Faison to decriminalize the use of cannabis oil to treat seizures passed overwhelmingly in 2015.


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