A new medical cannabis or marijuana bill won’t be changing the mind of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
The more than 70-pages of the Medical Cannabis Only Act likely won’t get a new look from Governor Haslam.
“I think our position on medical marijuana has been the same, and I don’t think you’ll see our administration be in favor of that,” says Haslam.
The Medical Cannabis Only Act is named that way to remind people the bill allows just cannabis oil products, not smoking the of the plant.
Two members of the Governor’s Republican party are sponsors. Physician and Senator Steve Dickerson say legalizing the cannabis oil will help Tennessee’s sickest citizens, and House sponsor Jeremy Faison calls the bill an alternative to opiates, but along with the Governor, other top Republicans are not so sure about prescribing cannabis oil.
“And so you need those controls and how its measured, we do not have those,” says Speaker Pro Tem Sen. Ferrell Haile.
Nashville Democrat Sherry Jones, who sponsored previous medical cannabis bills for more than a decade, says the Governor and Republican leadership need to re-read the research.
“If the Governor is not for medical marijuana and for helping the people that studies have proven it will help. Then he is wrong,” says Rep. Sherry Jones.
As we first reported Thursday, the Governor’s focus next week is on a comprehensive opioid epidemic bill. He plans to unveil it on Monday afternoon.