Medical Marijuana Bill Clears First Hurdle in Tennessee

To catch up with 29 U.S. states that have fully legalized medical marijuana, Tennessee cleared its first hurdle on Wednesday to partially follow suit.

Tennessee’s State health officials and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said the bill has cleared another panel but opposition is still persisting from law enforcement, News Channel 3 reported on Thursday.

The House committee advanced the bill by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison in a 9-2 vote on Wednesday to remove criminal penalties for possessing marijuana that can’t be smoked.

The bill demands patients to get a doctor’s order to get any medical marijuana prescription.

Faison removed chronic pain and nausea as qualifying conditions to appease the opposition.