Two area lawmakers sponsor Tennessee medical marijuana bill

State Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, left, and Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, are sponsoring legislation to regulate medical marijuana in Tennessee.

Two area lawmakers are sponsoring legislation to regulate medical marijuana in Tennessee.

State Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, and Dayton Republican Rep. Ron Travis, said in a news release their proposal would apply to qualified patients with certain specific diagnoses. They could obtain medical cards and buy products from companies licensed by Tennessee and owned by Tennesseans to cultivate, process and dispense cannabis.

"I have been in the fight against opioids and pill mills," Bowling said in the release. "Opioids have become a tragedy for Tennesseans. Our constituents can use a natural and effective option for pain relief that is not controlled or pushed by Big Pharma. When I see medical studies showing that states with medical cannabis programs had an average 23 percent drop in opioid prescription use and overdoses, I see a real option we can use."

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