You can sense that perhaps the winds are shifting for marijuana in Tennessee when, for the fourth or fifth year now, bills to legalize medical marijuana here have been introduced by Republicans — and largely different Republicans each time.
This year, a medical marijuana measure has been drafted by Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, and conservative state Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma.
This legislation would create a new government commission to regulate the marijuana industry and allow patients who have been diagnosed with certain illnesses to obtain medical cards permitting them to legally purchase marijuana products from dispensaries the state would license. The effort already is endorsed by the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Trade Association, according to a news release.
Travis, Bowling and the trade organization described the proposal as a carefully crafted mix of medical marijuana strategies that have worked in other states and stressed that the proposal will be “substantially different” from bills introduced