Medical Marijuana Proposal Debated In Legislative Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers heard testimony on legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana.

However, the idea has failed in the General Assembly before and its future is uncertain.

A bill sponsored by former state Senator Steve Cohen of Memphis was rejected by a Senate committee last year before being pushed off to a summer study committee.

Members of the House Health and Human Resources Committee heard testimony on a similar bill sponsored by Representative Sherry Jones of Nashville.

Opponents of the bill include law enforcement and family advocates. They say current research does not show that marijuana is an effective and safe drug for treating symptoms of chronic illnesses.

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