Tennessee State Senator Janice Bowling took advantage of the move to legalize medical cannabis in the neighboring state of Mississippi to reintroduce a bill that would allow the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
If passed, the bill would allow qualified patients regular access to medical cannabis and would regulate the process of licensing producers to grow, produce, distribute, transport, sell and acquire cannabis for medical and scientific research purposes.
There are tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people in Tennessee who could benefit from medical cannabis, said Senator Bowling. It’s necessary for Tennessee, patients desperately need it, and doctors need an alternative to opioids.
Forty-three states have now legalized it, and many states around us have legalized it,” said Bowling. “We are stupid in the worst sense of the word. Just incredibly stupid and incredibly unresponsive to what is now readily available so that people know it is a safe medical solution.
Janice Bowling has been trying for several years to have cannabis for medical use legalized in Tennessee. She has introduced bills for therapeutic cannabis but has also proposed other initiatives to further scientific research on medical cannabis.
Unlike other U.S. states, Tennessee does not have an election initiative process.