House Bill 109, filed by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would allow for the use of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil for those with seizure disorders such as epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician. The proposal unfortunately wouldn’t establish a legal means for patients to obtain the medicine.
“For close to a decade we demonized a plant,” says Representative Faison. “We are in the early stages in America and in Tennessee in understanding there may be some benefits in this plant.”
In Tennessee, the possession, use and distribution of low-THC cannabis oil is currently allowed in the state, but only as part of a clinical research study.
House Bill 109 has now been sent to the House Health Committee, where its passage will send it to the full House.
Last month, companion bills to legalize recreational cannabis were filed in Tennessee’s House and Senate.