Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Passed on First Consideration

A Tennessee medical marijuana measure has been introduced and “passed on first consideration” in the state’s Senate.

Senate Bill 1633, introduced by Senator Jeff Yarbro, “establishes a defense to prosecution for the possession of marijuana in an amount not to exceed one ounce by declaring such possession is justified if possessed for the treatment of certain provable medical conditions.” The measure was filed today in the Tennessee Senate, and quickly passed on first consideration. The legislation must now go through the committee process and be approved by both the House and Senate before it can be sent to Governor Bill Haslam for consideration.

According to the proposal; “The person can prove a medical diagnosis of one (1) of the following:

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Tennessee CBD Bill Passed Unanimously by Legislature

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill to allow the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) after FDA approval.

House Bill 694 passed the Senate earlier this month with a 33 to 0 vote, and today passed the House with a vote of 90 to 0. It will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam for consideration; Haslam has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it (though a veto could be overridden by a 2/3rds vote in the legislature).

House Bill 694 excludes from the state’s definition of marijuana any “cannabidiol product approved as a prescription medication by the United States food and drug administration [FDA]”.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Tennessee State Senator Steve Dickerson, a physycian, and State Representative Jeremy Faison, both Republicans, introduced their plan to legalize medical cannabis today at a press conference.

medcannabisUnder the proposed law, the possession and use of cannabis and cannabis products would be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying medical conditions include ALS, HIV/AIDS, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease; additional conditions can be added on the recommendation of the Department of Health and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The measure would allow for 50 licensed cannabis cultivation centers; each would be allowed to operate an on-site dispensary, as well as two additional dispensaries. This would set the statewide limit at 150.

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Tennessee House Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

A proposalmedicanna to legalize the use of cannabis-based medicines for those with a recommendation from a physician has been approved with a unanimous vote by Tennessee’s House Health Subcommittee. The full committee is expected to begin discussing the bill next week.

If approved into law, the proposal – sponsored by Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) – would allow those with stage II, III or IV terminal cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and certain forms of epilepsy to possess and use cannabis pills or patches, if they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the Tennessee Department of Health. Unfortunately dried cannabis flower will remain illegal even for medical use.

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Cannabis Oil Bill Approved by Tennessee House Committee

Legislation thattennessee would allow for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil has been approved by Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Committee.

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.

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