There may be new hope for medical cannabis supporters in Tennessee. State capitol newsroom reporter Chris Bundgaard says it comes with a signal from President Trump.
The fate of medical cannabis in Tennessee likely depends on who becomes Governor next January, but the White House has something to say about it.
“I have said that before President Trump runs again for re-election, he will have given the decision of the cannabis plant to each individual state,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison.
The bold words come from the sponsor in the Tennessee House of the medical cannabis bill that was withdrawn this past session.
Now comes the President earlier this month with these words about the legalization of recreation marijuana and medical cannabis.
“I think medical should happen, don’t we agree? And then I really believe you should leave it up to the states, it should be a state situation,” said Trump.
Those words are not moving three of the four Republican candidates for Governor.
“These three are not looking at reality. Speaker Harwell is looking at reality and she know this plant helps a lot of people,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison.
Not surprisingly, the Republican Faison supports is Speaker Beth Harwell, but he also knows both Democrats running for Governor have indicated support for medical marijuana or cannabis.
That means the issue could be key as Tennesseans decide on either a Democrat or Republican as their next governor.
Early voting in the August 2nd stateside primary for Governor begins July 13th.