Tennessee State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) is reintroducing a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana.

If passed, so the bill would create a framework to allow qualified patients regular access to medical marijuana and would regulate the process of licensing growers to grow, produce, distribute, transport, sell, and acquire marijuana for medical and scientific research purposes.

There are tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who could benefit from medical cannabis, said Senator Bowling.

 At one point, she was against the idea, but after some research, she says she believes it will also help in the fight against opioid abuse.

This is necessary for Tennessee, the patient desperately needs it also doctors need an alternative to opioids, Bowling said.

While some are in favor of the idea, TBI Director David Rausch raised concerns.

If it’s really for medical purposes, then go through the right way to get a drug approved as a drug and it’s through the FDA,” Rausch said. “And if they go through that process and the FDA approves it as a drug, we’re out of the loop.

A special meeting hosted by Senator Janice Bowling will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020, for law enforcement officials in order to review and discuss legislation on medical cannabis.

Bowling sponsored Tennessee General Assembly legislation last year that was used to form a new law passed in Alabama on the issue.

This new law indeed created the Alabama Medical Cannabis Review Commission, which recently proposed recommendations for a new state agency to regulate medical cannabis in Alabama.

I was totally against myself when it came up in Tennessee two years ago, Bowling said. This is desperately needed in Tennessee, it’s desperately needed for patients, and doctors need an alternative to opioids, opioids, opioids.

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