A invoice to legalize medical hashish in Tennessee failed earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 28 in a near-partisan vote.
Senate Invoice 1104, the Tennessee Medical Hashish Act, sponsored by Rep. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), would have legalized the usage of hashish for medical functions for sufferers affected by illnesses corresponding to most cancers, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel illness, opioid habit, extreme psoriasis and extra.
State Sense. London Lamar and Sara Kyle, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have been joined by Republican Kerry Roberts within the minority within the February 28 vote WKRN reported.
Based on the outlet, different cannabis-related laws in Tennessee has not moved ahead this legislative session. For instance, Home Invoice 0172, one other invoice to legalize medical hashish, has but to make it via committees.
Hashish time beforehand named Tennessee “Wild Card” to its record of states that would legalize hashish in 2023 – as a state that would legalize hashish for grownup use earlier than legalizing medical hashish, which has but to been executed.
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Senator Heidi Campbell and Rep. Bob Freeman, each Democrats, launched the Free All Hashish for Tennesseans Act (the “FACT Act” for brief) in January, which “decriminalizes the usage of marijuana in sure circumstances and creates a framework rules for the cultivation, transportation, analysis, processing and distribution of marijuana.”
“We already see that many states have legalized hashish,” Campbell mentioned. “We’re in a state of affairs the place we’re lacking out on that revenue as a result of persons are going to different (states).”
Whereas Campbell and Freeman are optimistic concerning the invoice, Republican lawmakers are unlikely to agree, CCT reported.
FACT was assigned to the felony justice subcommittee on February 8.