Tennessee Seeks to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Following the lead of Florida & New York, Tennessee is the latest to join the race to become the 21st medical marijuana state. In all actuality, Tennessee was the first medical marijuana state back in the 1980’s when they had a law that allowed it to be prescribed. That law, however, was soon repealed. Tennessee Representative Sherry Jones has introduced bill HB1385 that will call for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Some of the requirements are:
- Plants will be taxed at 20%.
- Medical marijuana can only be grown on organic farms.
- Medical marijuana can only be prescribed by licensed doctors for legitimate needs.
Tennessee had an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in 2012, which died in the Senate. Rep. Jones has introduced this bill numerous times already, but thinks this time around it will garner more attention:
I believe that everybody is more interested this year than they may have in the past because there are other states looking at it.