NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Shelby County Commission legislative affairs committee has voted to back a medical marijuana bill for Tennessee.
The bill would allow 50 growing operations across the state, including 15 in economically distressed areas.
Medical practitioners would have to obtain a special license to prescribe it, and patients would have to buy a $35 medical card.
Wednesday, the Legislative Affairs Committee voted 5 to 2 to support the bill.
Commissioner Terry Roland, who voted in favor of the bill, said he hoped medical marijuana could serve as a substitute and help stem the growing opioid addiction problem.
Commission Mark Billingsley disagreed and said he could not support any drug expansion in the state.
The committee also passed a resolution to expand a "second chance" program for people arrested with less than .5 ounces of marijuana.
The full Commission will take up both parts of the ordinance on Monday.