Latest effort to legalize medical marijuana in TN: The TRUMP Act

Heartened by President Donald Trump’s recent comments about marijuana, two Tennessee lawmakers who are physicians plan to renew efforts next year to legalize medical cannabis and are naming the bill after the president, reports the Times Free Press.

Rep. Bryan Terry, R-Murfreesboro, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, who unsuccessfully pressed a medical cannabis bill in this year’s General Assembly, say they are working on a bill that includes expanded medical research with treatment options that utilize cannabis and cannabis extracts under medical supervision.

The legislation is being called the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act or TRUMP Act. 

Earlier this month, Trump seemingly broke with his own administration’s policy on marijuana  by saying he was likely to back a federal congressional effort to gives states the ability to decide whether to legalize marijuana.

“We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes,” Mr. Trump told reporters, according to multiple news accounts.

Thirty states have now legalized marijuana either for medical or recreational use. Terry and Dickerson are not looking at legalizing the plant for recreational use.

8 Responses to Latest effort to legalize medical marijuana in TN: The TRUMP Act

  • Jim Bob says:

    This marijuana legislation will eventually have to go before a joint committee.

  • Tennessee Jed says:

    Good. Maybe the rest of the Republican party will finally get behind this and full legalization. I am never going to buy it, but can control it better with legalization. Even if some of you hate giving more money to the government, I am willing to bet you would rather have that money sent to Nashville than the likes of MS-13 or mexican cartels.

    Use the tax revenue to help everyday Tennesseans……ie not tax breaks for the rich (like all of these governor candidates). Can either cut our taxes by the same amount as the new revenue or spend it on projects that will ACTUALLY make a difference in the lives of normal lower and middle class Tennesseans….or any combination of the two. NOTHING ELSE!

  • James White says:

    If they don’t tax it, then that would be best. Choke the Government.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    Seriously? How about we put the new tax money to child healthcare? Save the children through better drugs. Then we can add Cocaine & Heroin to the list, no use letting those dollars go to MS-13 either, and use those dollars for educating the children. Our children can then make more informed addictive behavior decisions. And THEN, we can start selling US citizenship to the illegals, why let the Coyotes get all that money. Tax every immoral/illegal activity and MAGA. Turn us further into lotus-eaters to make it easier for the government to control us. I will vote NO.

    • Bob Fischer says:

      Legalization has had virtually no effect on recreational usage. The people that were going to smoke, smoke. Those that aren’t inclined, don’t smoke.

      Your point is ludicrous.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        And your perspective is morally bankrupt. Illegal is immoral. Remove all speed limits, eliminate penalties for cheating on your taxes for they have very little impact on daily life. But I will not bow to your purely personal opinion on whether recreational use of illegal drugs is impacted by legalization. That opinion, not truth, is ludicrous. Visit the local prisons and jails to find that truth.

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