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More uncertainty as medical cannabis bill heads to state Senate for first time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - There's more uncertainty surrounding the highly-debated medical cannabis bill.

On Tuesday, it's headed to the state Senate for the first time.

This comes after an amended version of the bill passed in full committee last week.

That amended bill decriminalized possessing cannabis that can't be smoked for people without certain medical conditions.

But, which version of the bill will go before the Senate remains unknown.

"I'm really conflicted right now as which direction is the right way to go," said Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville).

Dickerson, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that's because the two versions of the proposal are very different.

The overall bill, Dickerson said, allows for growth, further regulation, and dispensing through state-licensed facilities.

The amended version, basically strips the regulatory part of the plan, something critics believe puts patients in a gray area.

"They have to figure out how to get CBD oil that isn't government sanctioned," said Dickerson.

With that, would come travel to states like Colorado or Nevada, which critics said can be physically tough on patients and their families.

Dickerson said even if the bill's amended version passes in both the House and Senate, the goal is to get the overall bill to pass.


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