Two state lawmakers in Tennessee introduced on Thursday that they plan to introduce a complete medical marijuana legalization invoice. Sen. Janice Bowling and Rep. Ron Travis plan to introduce the invoice within the coming weeks, in accordance to media reviews.
Bowling stated in a press launch that she believes hashish might be a part of the answer to the nationwide epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.
“I have been in the fight against opioids and pill mills. Opioids have become a tragedy for Tennesseans,” Bowling stated. “Our constituents can use a natural and effective option for pain relief that is not controlled or pushed by Big Pharma. When I see medical studies showing that states with medical cannabis programs had an average 23 percent drop in opioid prescription use and overdoses, I see a real option we can use.”
If the invoice passes, sufferers with sure qualifying well being circumstances would have the ability to acquire a medical marijuana identification card to permit them to legally buy hashish. A fee can be created to regulate affected person entry and license cultivators and retailers. Bowling stated the expertise of different states was drawn upon to draft this medical hashish answer for Tennessee.
“I wanted a new bill that is Tennessee-specific and takes the best of what worked in other states and leaves out what did not. This bill delivers what I wanted,” Bowling stated. “The legislature has not yet had that kind of bill to consider. The Bowling-Travis bill creates a fully functioning framework to license growing, producing and dispensing operations.”
Cannabis Advocates Support Measure
Glenn Anderson, the chief director of the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Trade Association expressed his help for the measure.
“This bill represents a careful look at what the other states have struggled with so we could focus on the successes and avoid repeating any failures,” Anderson stated. “We look forward to working with the legislature to pass a bill that provides the relief patients need.”
Travis stated lawmakers have a duty to present residents of Tennessee entry to various medical therapies that work for them.
“As I learn about the different medical cannabis products available in other states, I am concerned that in Tennessee, a person can’t find relief for their children’s or any other family member’s medical condition, such as epileptic seizures or cancer. The number of people we could help could be astounding,” Travis stated. “I look forward to working with Senator Bowling, the Senate sponsor, to do our due diligence on this very important bill. It is of the utmost importance for Tennessee to stay at the forefront of serving our citizens, new industry and technology.”
Polling has proven that 80 % of Tennesseans help the legalization of medical marijuana. Last yr, Sen. Steve Dickerson and Rep. Bryan Terry launched a extra restrictive medical marijuana legalization measure they titled the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act – or TRUMP Act. Terry stated the invoice was named after the president as a result of he helps medical marijuana.
“Our state overwhelmingly voted for President Trump, and overwhelmingly still supports President Trump,” Terry stated. “This is so people will realize and understand that this is … something he supports. He has said he thinks medical is something that should happen and should happen at the state level.”