"We're moving the ball forward," says Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis.
Under her legislation, which Jim Ridley wrote about in the Scene in January, the state would license farmers to grow cannabis at tightly restricted compounds, then sell prescribed doses through pharmacies to alleviate the pain and suffering of the sick and dying. Tennessee would join 14 other state-run medical-marijuana programs either under way or in development in this country.
"Cheech and Chong smoking a bong—that is not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about compassion," Richardson told the House Health and Human Resources Committee today. She proposed amending her bill to send it to the pharmacy board next week. Otherwise, the committee would have killed it. They can wait and do that next year.