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Lawmakers Will Debate Legal Use Of Marijuana

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One state lawmaker is pushing for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in Tennessee.

State Representative Jeanne Richardson, D- Memphis, believes marijuana can do a lot of good for easing the symptoms of people who are sick. That is why she wants to make the use legal in the state.

"This is probably something that will happen in the future, so we are just trying to be careful about how we are presenting it," said Richardson.

Richardson is working with the State Department of Agriculture and the University of Tennessee. They will try and work out the details next week of how the medical marijuana would be produced.

There are 13 other states that have passed similar legislation. Some states have already experienced distribution issues.

In California, federal drug agents have investigated medical marijuana vending machines. A nutrition center installed the machines to give patients a dose of convenience with their marijuana.  

Lawmakers in seven other states including Tennessee are looking into passing similar legislation.

Tennessee lawmakers have yet to debate this bill.

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