Medical marijuana could soon be legal to carry in Tennessee

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Medical marijuana may soon be legal to carry in Tennessee, even if you can’t buy it.

People who use medical marijuana may be afraid to bring it across Tennessee state lines.

“Fear of repercussion from the police and any drawbacks from anything of that sort,” said John Yi, part owner of Mid-Tenn CBD.

The CBD products at the South Nashville store, like medical marijuana, are often used to help with body pains and medical issues, but aren’t as potent or psychoactive as medical marijuana.

“I know people who have cut back on their opioids,” said Yi.

A new bill filed in the state legislature by Rep. Gloria Johnson and Sen. Sarah Kyle would legalize carrying medical marijuana for people who hold a valid medical marijuana patient ID card issued by another state.

“The goal is to make sure people are traveling with their medication that was prescribed to them by a physician in their state so they can travel to Tennessee and see the sights, whatever they come here for with their medicine,” said Rep. Johnson.

The proposal restricts the amount of medical marijuana to half an ounce.

Currently, out-of-state patients caught with medical marijuana could face time behind bars.

“Honoring what their physician has prescribed to them,” said Johnson. “If you’re a cancer patient and you want to visit your sister in Tennessee, you should be able to do that.”

Yi said it’s the right thing to do for patients, and even might help tourism.

“Las Vegas is a tourist town just like Nashville and they haven’t had any bad drawbacks,” said Yi. “There’s no fear you can come and go as you please and as long as they don’t disobey the law then yeah, why not?”

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