Two Republicans introduced a bill Thursday that would make Tennessee the latest state to allow medical marijuana.
The legislation, introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, would only allow oil-based manufactured products, such as pills or lotions, and would not permit the sale of raw cannabis, also known as marijuana, as is common in other states.
As many as 29 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, have laws permitting the use of cannabis for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
But the approaches used in each state vastly differ, ranging from allowing home cultivation to only permitting cannabis-infused products.
Eight states currently allow recreational marijuana. Vermont will become the ninth state when Gov. Phil Scott gives a bill his approval, as he has indicated.
The new Faison-Dickerson legislation would not permit any recreational use of marijuana.
“Now is the time for the General Assembly to embrace thoughtful, medically responsible legislation to help Tennessee’s sickest residents,” Dickerson said in a statement.
Republicans estimate at least 65,000 Tennesseans would benefit from legislation
Under the Faison and Dickerson legislation, patients wanting to receive any cannabis oil-based products would have to have one of the following medical conditions: