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Tennessee State Senator pushing medicinal cannabis legislation

NASHVILLE, TN – State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) plans to bring forth legislation to allow for the legalization of medicinal cannabis at the January 10 113th General Assembly session.

Sen. Bowling has a comprehensive bill that outlines everything regarding medicinal marijuana legalization, from creating a cannabis commission of governor-appointed experts to developing a system for tracking cannabis sales, according to WKRN. She has tried to pass the bill in years past with no success. However, other states have found the value of the bill. In 2021, the Alabama Governor signed the bill into law and Sen. Bowling was invited to be present at the signing.

The point of the bill is to allow Tennessee residents the opportunity to use medicinal marijuana for better pain management and treatment. Sen. Bowling’s bill includes over 30 different medical conditions that medicinal marijuana would be impactful in treatment. Some of those conditions include: PTSD, fibromyalgia, certain cancers, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Currently, the bill has support from some bipartisan support and veterans of Tennessee. These groups have shared they see the benefits medicinal marijuana can provide those suffering chronic pain over opioids, which have high risks of addition and overdose.

Tennessee is currently one of the 12 states that have yet to legalize medicinal cannabis.

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