Although Tennessee has not exactly been the pillar of marijuana reform in the Land of the Free, all of that could soon change depending on the results of a progressive, new study ordered by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally.
Earlier last week, key members of Tennessee’s legislative forces formed a special committee for the sole purpose of examining the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana.
The group, which was assembled under the title Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Cannabis, will “study, evaluate, analyze and undertake a comprehensive review regarding whether the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes is in the best interest of the state,” according to a letter first obtained by the Tennessean.
Senator Steve Dickerson and Representative Jeremy Faison, the two lawmakers who made a push during the 2017 session to put a medical marijuana law on the books, will oversee the committee.
Republican lawmakers Sheila Butt, Bob Ramsey, Sam Whitson, Richard Briggs, Rusty Crowe, Joey Hensley, as well as Democrats Arums Akbar and Jeff Yarrow will also be involved.
At the beginning of this year’s legislative session,…