More Tennesseans Want A Hearing On Medical Marijuana, Says Lawmaker, And They’ll Get One

The head of the health committee in Tennessee's House says a proposal for medical marijuana is a long shot, but worth hearing out nonetheless. (Photo via flickr/Audiovision--Public Radio, Visualized)

The head of the health committee in Tennessee’s House says a proposal for medical marijuana is a long shot, but worth hearing out nonetheless. (Photo via flickr/Audiovision–Public Radio, Visualized)

A proposal to allow medical marijuana is a long shot in Tennessee, but the head of Tennessee’s House health committee says lawmakers will hear it out, partly just because more constituents are talking about it.

Such proposals have come up in previous years, but health committee chairman Bob Ramsey says this year there’s been a surge of interest like none other.  So he says lawmakers will hear backers out.  Ramsey says he won’t be supporting the measure, but acknowledged he could see some upsides:

“Well, certainly.  I have friends, relatives–My children have friends that have actually had terrible diseases, that this gave them some comfort.”

Some 20 other states have approved medical marijuana.  Colorado recently went the furthest by allowing recreational use.  Its governor has cautioned other states should go about it slowly.

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