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MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL CLEARS TENNESSEE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

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A medical-marijuana bill has cleared another panel, despite opposition from law enforcement, state health officials and Republican Governor Bill Haslam. In a 9-2 vote yesterday, a House committee advanced legislation by Republican Representative Jeremy Faison to remove criminal penalties for possessing cannabis that can’t be smoked for people with any of about a dozen medical conditions with a doctor’s order. Marijuana products still couldn’t be legally obtained in-state. Faison amended the bill yesterday to remove chronic pain and nausea as qualifying conditions. Before other recent amendments, the bill initially established a medical-marijuana program. Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell has favored medical marijuana, but not recreational. She cast a tie-breaking vote to push the bill through another panel last month.

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