TN: Medical Pot Bill Killed In State Senate

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The sponsor of legislation that would allow some people to use medical marijuana in Tennessee killed his proposal Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, I do not have the votes,” Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, told the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Tennessean reports. Dickerson is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain-management doctor.

The Tennessean writes:

As Dickerson briefly discussed the bill in committee, he said he was encouraged by a recently released study that found in states that had marijuana dispensaries, opioid prescriptions declined.

“I’m committed to the proposition that cannabis is a medication and it can be substituted for other medications that are much more dangerous,” he said, vowing to continue to advance the issue in future legislative sessions.