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.

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