Tennessee Lawmakers Plan to Renew Medical Pot Legalization Effort with Bill Named after Trump
Heartened by President Donald Trump's recent comments about marijuana, two Tennessee lawmakers who are physicians plan to renew efforts next year to legalize medical cannabis and are naming the bill after the president. Rep. Bryan Terry, R-Murfreesboro, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, who unsuccessfully pressed a medical cannabis bill in this year's General Assembly, say they are working on a bill that includes expanded medical research with treatment options that utilize cannabis and cannabis extracts under medical supervision. The legislation is being called the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act or TRUMP Act.
Earlier this month, Trump seemingly broke with his own administration's policy on marijuana by saying he was likely to back a federal congressional effort to gives states the ability to decide whether to legalize marijuana.