Sen. Dickerson touts Medical Marijuana bill
Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Nashville pain doctor, has been the leading proponent of medical marijuana in Tennessee since he was elected to the state Senate, the only Republican state lawmaker representing Nashville.
This year, for the first time in five years, he plans to ask for a vote in the Senate, confident his new bill has at least a chance of passing this year. In past years, he pulled his bill, knowing it would be defeated.
In this (Part One) of an exclusive interview with Policy, not Politics, Sen. Dickerson:
1. Explains the bill would simultaneously allow cannabis to be dispensed for specific medical purposes and fund research at major Tennessee universities to find and approve other purposes through a new state commission.
2. Gives both an empirical and anecdotal explanation for his belief that marijuana has beneficial pain management purposes.
3. Claims that mixing cannabis with a cocktail of other pain-fighting drugs will reduce the side effects of and potential addiction to any of them.