Last week, Tennessee
State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-11) and Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-20) announced
that they are introducing a medical marijuana bill to bring meaningful access to many patients in Tennessee.
While the full text of the bill is not yet publicly available, the legislators’ plan allows patients with a doctor’s recommendation and a $35 ID card to purchase medicine at one of 150 dispensaries across the state. They also noted that their proposed program could help address the opioid epidemic; studies have shown a 25% drop in opioid overdoses in states with effective medical marijuana programs.