Rewritten bills on medical cannabis and opioids top the Tennessee legislative agenda this week.
The drama over medical cannabis overshadowed a compromise of sorts on an opioid bill.
“They are stuck in reefer madness,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison.
The fiery words from medical cannabis House sponsor Jeremy Faison came as he essentially gutted the medical cannabis bill while trying to get it through a full House committee.
Left for the moment is a bill that only decriminalizes the use of medical cannabis for 15-conditions, like cancer or Parkinson’s. But one of the things to watch this week is if Faison tries to restore the massive bill as it faces a committee vote again.
“I would not be surprised if this changes again,” said Rep. Faison.
There’s also word of changes to the Governor’s opioid bill. Instead of strict 5-day prescription limits to cut abuse, an amendment calls for different limits of three to ten days, along with differing dosage levels.
“If this extends on, I will have no problem calling a special session.”
Then there is the issue of school safety which has been deemed a top priority from the Governor. His working group on the issue wrapped up their work last week. The group’s recommendations for lawmakers are expected this early this week.
The Governor proposes $30-million for school safety. Lawmakers may add or subtract from it.