Advocates sobered by TN medical marijuana bill language

Many advocates were ready to support – until they found out what’s in it

In Jan. 2014, Bernie Ellis takes questions during a “lobby day” at the state legislature after briefing supporters who came find out what they could do to help get medical marijuana legalized in Tennessee.(Photo: Larry McCormack / THE TENNESSEAN)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – They didn’t have to pass it to find out what’s in it, but some advocates of medical marijuana were wondering if passing the Republican version was worth the wait after the legislation made it to the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Leaf-Chronicle received a PDF copy of the legislation early Tuesday morning.

In some ways, the bill – HB1284 in the House and SB1248 in the Senate – breaks new ground for conservative lawmakers in the state in terms of what medical conditions warranted medical marijuana (MMJ) treatment, what...

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