Should Tennessee legalize medical marijuana?

Legislation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Tennessee will once again be debated when the state General Assembly convenes on Jan. 10. State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, are planning to introduce legislation to approve medical marijuana.

The Tennessean reported last month that although the measure is being introduced by Republican members, the Nashville newspaper has learned the bill will likely see opposition from key GOP legislators in both chambers, including Majority Leader Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin.

Last year a bill to allow military veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to be given access to medical marijuana died in a House subcommittee. Similar bills to legalize marijuana for medical use in Tennessee have stalled in the General Assembly in recent years.

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