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Medical Marijuana Bill would Allow Grow Operations, Dispensaries in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s a new push to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee with two state lawmakers saying they’ll introduce a proposal this legislative session.

The proposal would allow 50 areas to grow cannabis with the Department of Agriculture in charge of licensing those farms.

Economically distressed counties would be given first pick with 150 dispensaries throughout the state.

Only people with pre-approved conditions would be allowed to use the marijuana. Those conditions include cancer, HIV, PTSD, and Parkinson’s disease.

On Wednesday, several doctors, veterans, and professors announced their support for the bill.

News 2 also spoke with a mother whose 2-year-old daughter suffers from epilepsy.

“We just want options,” said Stacie Mathis. “We don’t want people to continue to be addicted to opioids and put on prescription medicines that, like Josie, reduce her quality of life.”

Mathis continued, “The medicines have taken a toll. Even for as small as she was, she would lay like a baby doll, and that’s no way for anyone to live.”

Sen. Steve Dickerson and Rep. Jeremy Faison are introducing the measure this session.

Opponents worry it would open the door to legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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