U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared this week that President Obama’s campaign promise to stop “using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws” is now the active policy of the United States government.
That could at least partially change the parameters of debate over whether or not to legalize medicinal cannabis when the subject comes up for discussion again in the Tennessee Legislature later this session.
Bills that would allow people suffering debilitating illness to use medical marijuana have been introduced again this year in both the House and Senate.
Senate Bill 209, sponsored by Sen. Beverly Marrero, has been assigned to the Senate General Welfare, Health & Human Resources Committee. House Bill 368 has been assigned to the Public Health and Family Assistance Health Subcommittee of the Health and Human Resources Committee. It is sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis.