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Senate bill allowing possession of medical marijuana advances

If passed, people who qualify would have to travel out of state to purchase medical marijuana.
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Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Tennessee bill that would allow possession of marijuana for certain Tennesseans passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this week in a 5-3 vote.

According to Senate Bill 667, Tennesseans who have a debilitating disease and a note from their doctor would be allowed to possess a 30-day supply of medical marijuana that has been obtained from a licensed medical dispensary.

The bill would not allow for marijuana sales or farming in Tennessee. If passed, people who qualify would have to travel out of state to purchase medical marijuana.

The bill stated the medical marijuana must be in its original packaging and can not be in a form that is smoked or inhaled as a vapor.

“For the first time, the Judiciary Committee has said cancer patients and people who are sick should have access to marijuana,” Sen. Katrina Robinson who co-sponsored the bill said. “This bill isn’t perfect and it doesn’t go far enough to correct past injustices, but it’s a step forward at a time we desperately need progress.”

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