Efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee have gotten some unexpected support from state House Speaker Beth Harwell. On Feb. 27, 2018, Harwell voted to break a tie in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in favor of HB 1749 / SB 1710, also known as the Medical Cannabis Act. Under the proposed measure, medical cannabis…
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After years of successive failures, backers of medical cannabis in Tennessee are taking a new tack — keeping the ban on smoking it.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) on Thursday condemned Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to crack down on states whose voters have authorized the medical or recreational use of marijuana. He released the following statement.
There are currently 29 states in America with some form of legalized medical marijuana. Most politicians have begun to change their minds about the legitimacy of medicinal cannabis. But some states continue to resist efforts to legalize the drug even for medicinal purposes. Here are the 10 states most likely to legalize medical marijuana next.
On Sept. 21, 2017, the Tennessee medical cannabis task force, created by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and State House Speaker Beth Harwell, met for the first time to discuss legalization.
The possibility of Tennessee medical marijuana legalization has been given new hope with a recent announcement from state lawmakers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest patient-focused medical cannabis advocacy organization, is pleased to announce new membership opportunities for medical cannabis patient advocates in Tennessee.
The House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would nullify the partial marijuana decriminalization laws approved in Nashville and Memphis last year.
On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.
Introduced by House Criminal Justice Committee Chairman William Lamberth, the bill was filed in an effort to repeal marijuana decriminalization ordinances passed by the cities of Nashville and Memphis last year.
Two Republican legislators in Tennessee have introduced a new medical marijuana bill, according to an article in The Tennessean. At an announcement that included supporting comments from singer Gary Chapman, Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Steve Dickerson insisted their bill was not opening the door to adult-use marijuana.
Nashville will continue to allow police officers in Davidson County to give civil citations for the possession of small amounts of marijuana despite a new opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery that contends the local ordinance preempts state law.
The Tennessee Attorney General released an opinion statement saying Metro Nashville’s marijuana decriminalization ordinance has got to go.
A local state representative plans on introducing legislation that would legalize medical marijuana here in Tennessee after meeting with several families who moved from Tennessee to Colorado to get treatment they can’t get here.
On Oct. 4, 2016, the Memphis City Council voted to approve a city ordinance that would allow city police the discretion of issuing civil fines for the possession of marijuana, making Memphis the second city in Tennessee to decriminalize marijuana.
In the city of Nashville, officials have begun gathering information on marijuana citations and arrests in an effort to help combat potential racial discrimination.
Nashville, Tenn., has passed an ordinance that allows police officers leeway in charging people with possession of marijuana. The city’s new decriminalization legislation allows officers to give a penalty of either a $50 fine or 10 hours of community service to people in possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana.
On Aug. 23, 2016, a Memphis City Council committee voted 5-2 to pass a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to decriminalize simple possession.
A Memphis, Tenn., councilman soon will offer a marijuana decriminalization ordinance similar to one being discussed in Nashville, Tenn., according to an article at WREG.com. Representatives of Councilman Berlin Boyd said he will introduce an ordinance that would establish a civil penalty of $50 for possession or exchange of half an ounce of pot or less.
Some city officials in Nashville, Tenn., the country music capital of the world, are considering the decriminalization of a half-ounce or less of marijuana, according to an Aug. 10, 2016, article in The Tennessean. The decriminalization would apply to the amount whether it is possessed or exchanged.
This time last year Tennessee passed legislation to allow for the growing of industrial hemp in the state, and farmers who signed up to participate are now able to move forward with cultivation of the crop.
The time has run out for HB 1284/SB 1248, a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana in the state of Tennessee.
Last week the long awaited bill finally made it to the House floor, and like a product you buy off of TV, it was very different from what was advertised.
As the fight for marijuana legalization continues onward, conservative states have slowly begun to seriously consider marijuana reform bills.
Supporting a legitimate industry sometimes takes shutting down the dark side. The Department of Justice has made preventing illegal marijuana cultivation on tribal and public lands one of its top enforcement priorities.
The monumental moment of marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado was a huge step for acceptance nationwide, but under the radar there is another story silently sweeping the nation. Across the United States, state legislatures appear to be easing their restrictions on marijuana and allowing some medicinal use.