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Tennessee's medical marijuana bill got its Senate co-sponsor this week, with Ophelia Ford, D-Memphis, signing on.

A staffer in Ford's office said she'd left by mid-afternoon Thursday and, once she leaves the Capitol, cannot be reached.

But supporters said they're excited to have bills alive in both the Tennessee House and Senate. Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, with varying levels of availability and cost.

"We're grateful for all the legislators involved with at least considering and possibly passing the bill," said Doak Patton, president of Tennessee National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The bill is named the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act. The Koozers are a family that moved from Tennessee to Colorado so they could use medical marijuana to treat their daughter's seizures. Jeanne Kuhn is the late wife of Paul Kuhn, a medical marijuana advocate. She used it during chemotherapy for breast cancer and died in 1996.

"We're out there doing all we can," Paul Kuhn said. "(House sponsor) Sherry Jones is trying to get support on both sides of the aisle."

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