(The Heart Sq.) – A medical hashish constitutional modification and a leisure/medical hashish invoice have been proposed in Tennessee this legislative session.
“Tennesseans ought to have entry to a complete medical hashish program in our state,” Rep. Jason Powell, D-Nashville, mentioned. “No Tennessean affected by an accredited medical situation ought to should drive hours out of state to buy medical hashish. Moreover, Tennesseans ought to be capable of legally develop and promote medical hashish right here in Tennessee.”
The modification, House Joint Resolution 742, features a 4% retail gross sales tax. A portion of that tax would go to medical look after veterans.
Powell said he supported both a invoice or modification to legalize medical hashish, however he believed an modification had a greater likelihood of succeeding.
“I firmly consider an modification to the Tennessee Structure is the most effective path for legalizing medical hashish in Tennessee,” Powell mentioned. “Voters ought to have the chance to determine this challenge and I merely ask my legislative colleagues to offer Tennesseans the selection to vote on a medical hashish program.”
The constitutional modification would require majority approval within the Tennessee Home and Senate after which two-thirds approval of each chambers in one other session earlier than being added to a poll for majority approval of the state’s voters in a gubernatorial election.
It couldn’t be added in time for this fall’s election. The earliest it might be on the poll is 2026.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed laws Wednesday to legalize medical hashish. Different close by states, akin to Kentucky and South Carolina, are debating medical hashish. Georgia is engaged on its course of to control medical marijuana after it handed the Hope Act in 2019. Alabama handed the Compassion Act final yr, together with a 9% gross proceeds tax.
House Bill 1968 from Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Nashville, requires Tennessee to grow to be the thirty ninth state with a marijuana regulatory construction by legalizing marijuana with the “Free All Hashish for Tennesseans Act” or “FACT Act.”
The invoice is assigned to the Home Felony Justice Subcommittee. The regulation would permit a person to have and transport as much as 60 grams of marijuana and as much as 12 vegetation for private use.
It additionally would create legal guidelines for marijuana dispensaries whereas a person would should be 21 years outdated to buy marijuana.