Tennessee lawmakers plan to renew medical pot legalization effort with bill named after Trump

Tennessee state Sen. Steve Dickerson gets a high five from Rebecca Lofty after his win in the 2016 election at his campaign headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)
photo FILE - This Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 photo shows jars of medical marijuana on display on the counter of Western Caregivers Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.

NASHVILLE - 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.

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.