If new legislation is approved this year, Tennessee might join the other 21 states in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. How likely are those possibilities, though? The Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act, also known as FACT, is sponsored in part by Sen. Heidi Campbell. We already know that it is well-liked by all parties in the state, according to Campbell.
People have already crossed state lines to purchase cannabis items. In a 2018 MTSU study, 81% of Tennesseans agreed that it should be legalized in some form, but only 37% said it should be lawful for personal use and 44% said it should only be authorized for medical purposes.
If people are already engaging in it, according to Campbell, the state ought to benefit from the tax money. Sen. Campbell claimed that we are wasting billions of dollars each year that might be used for cannabis-related initiatives including education, rehabilitation, mental health care, and many others.
However, NewsChannel 5 enquired about the likelihood of it passing from Pat Nolan, our political expert. Nolan answered, “I doubt it. “Republicans would most likely prefer to enact their own piece of legislation on it if they believed it was a good idea. simply because they dislike sharing credit for such things.”
With a Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature, Missouri is the newest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. So how did they manage to achieve it? A ballot initiative was used to directly present the topic to the electorate.
Nolan predicted that the measure would pass resoundingly in this country based on the polls he had seen. However, unless it is a constitutional amendment, Tennessee prohibits referendum items from appearing on the ballot. The state constitution can’t simply be changed, as one might anticipate.
A measure creating a Constitutional Convention with special electors must either be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly or it must pass a number of requirements before it can be sent to voters for approval. “It requires the simple majority of votes in both the house and the senate (50 votes in the house and 17 votes in the senate) to pass both houses of the legislature.
In the following session, two years later, they must vote once more, and for it to pass this time, it must receive 2/3 of the votes in both houses “Nolan stated. Are there any chances that Tennessee’s views on this issue will alter in the future?
Trying harder, Campbell promises. Sen. Campbell declared, “Tennessee ought to take action on this, and it’s our obligation to make sure we bring it up every year. The road to legalizing medical marijuana, according to Nolan, may be less difficult than the road to legalizing recreational marijuana.