Medical marijuana stalled with Tennessee lawmakers

It's probably not the year for medical marijuana in Tennessee.

A bill that would allow its use has lingered on a House subcommittee calendar, next set for a hearing Tuesday. There's been no action on a Senate companion bill.

The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act would let doctors prescribe marijuana for a variety of conditions, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Local supporters say they're not dismayed.

"We're going to redouble our efforts and encourage our members to be more politically active," said Doak Patton, president of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws' Tennessee chapter.

Opponents to the bill haven't been vocal. Some Tennessee medical professionals have expressed concern that legalizing medical marijuana could make it more available to teens at a time when new research shows it damages the developing brain.


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