Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Allowing Medical Cannabis — As Long As It’s Not Smoked

After years of successive failures, backers of medical cannabis in Tennessee are taking a new tack — keeping the ban on smoking it.

Two Republican lawmakers say they’re introducing a measure that would legalize oil-based marijuana products for patients with certain health conditions. But the dried plant, edibles and marijuana cigarettes would remain illegal.

Backers call it the Medical Cannabis Only Act. They hope it’ll win over their reluctant colleagues, who haven’t shown any interest in approving medical marijuana despite numerous attempts in recent years.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia currently allow medical marijuana, but Tennessee has held out. Opponents argue that, because cannabis use is illegal under federal law, there’s no way to safely administer it under state law. They also fear medical use is simply a ploy to pave the way for full legalization.

The Medical Cannabis Only Act would address those concerns, says state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby. Makers

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