On Wednesday, a reform to authorize medical cannabis in Tennessee advanced past a Senate Committee. However, the commission rebuffed a disparate bill that would have prompted regulators to understand the prospect of ultimately implementing the reform if state law changed.
Sponsored by Senator Bowling Janice, the legislation was ascended by the SGOC (Senate Government Operations Committee) in a 6-2 ‘pass ‘vote. It will now head to the Judiciary Caucus for hearing.
It would permit patients with eligible conditions to purchase and possess marijuana from state-registered dispensaries. However, cannabis commodities wouldn’t be for vaping or smoking nor would they be incorporated into food products. A medical marijuana committee would be created to issue permits and craft the program’s regulations.
Bowling said that the state shouldn’t be creating criminals out of individuals who require help with health treatment and dependent on opioids. She added that the novel covid-19 pandemic showed the need to authorize marijuana for therapeutic purposes.
The commission voted 5 to 3 and one member voted to rebuff the provision of creating a committee mandated to analyze state and federal marijuana regulations and helping set up legislation to authorize medical cannabis in case Congress reschedules the crop.
That policy change will still be tabled at the Judiciary Committee.
According to the caucus-passed legislation reform, cannabis commodities will carry a 9% sales tax and local administrations would be allowed to attach an extra 2.1% tax. Tax proceeds would be used in financing the program’s enactment, economic and community development grants, police training, and veterans services associated with methamphetamine and opioids.
Local legislators can restrict licenses for medical marijuana business in their jurisdictions in case they’ve have more than a two-thirds majority, however, residents would still have cannabis delivered from foreign cities and towns.
According to the reform, a statewide monitoring program for patient registries and marijuana commodities will be required.