Two Tennessee medical cannabis bills have merged into one with the final 68-plus page product scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the TN Senate Health Committee.
There are lots of last-minute persuasions aimed at reluctant lawmakers unwilling to accept the non-smokable medical cannabis bill, say supporters.
Since late last week when he was working to merge the two bills, co-sponsor Sen. Steve Dickerson has been saying “we are very close” to getting the necessary votes to pass the medical cannabis bill out of its first stop in the Senate Health Committee.
The other co-sponsor, Sen. Janice Bowling, whose medical cannabis bill merged with Dickerson’s, says she will be working until the last moment trying to persuade those reluctant lawmakers.
She added “now is the time for prayer” on the issue.
In broad strokes, the bill allows for the use of oil-based cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.
It set up a regulatory commission and three-tiered business model for growing, refining and dispensing the cannabis.
The official name of the bill scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the Senate Health Committee is the “Tennessee Agricultural Medicine Act.”