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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Two Tennessee House Committees Pass Measure to Reduce Cannabis Penalty

A bill to reduce the penalty for possessing between half an ounce, and an ounce of cannabis has been passed by two House committees in Tennessee.

House Bill 109 was passed recently through both the House Criminal Justice Committee, and the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee. It’s been referred to the Calendar and Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Under current Tennessee law, possessing up to half an ounce of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Possessing over that amount is a felony punishable by up to six years in jail (this increases if more than 10 pounds is possessed). House Bill 109 would amend the law to make the more minor offense apply to possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, rather than just half an ounce. Possessing over an ounce would remain a felony.

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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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Lawmakers in Memphis, Tennessee Pass Cannabis Decrim Measure

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The Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee of the Memphis City Council (which is made up of eight of the council’s 13 members) has voted 5 to 2 to pass an ordinance that would establish a $50 ticket for possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis. The ordinance will now go to the full council, who will put the measure through its first reading on September 6th.

Those who voted in favor of the measure are Councilmembers Martavius Jones, Berlin Boyd, Philip Spinosa Jr., Edmund Ford Jr. and Jamita Swearengen. Those who voted against the proposal are Councilmembers Joe Brown and Janis Fullilove. Committee chairman Worth Morgan abstained from voting.

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Nashville Lawmakers Vote 32 to 4 to Decriminalize Cannabis

nashvilleA Nashville measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has received initial approval from the Metro City Council. The vote was 32 to 4.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis would no longer result in a criminal charge or jail time, instead being reduced to a $50 civil penalty or 10 hours community service. Under current law the possession of even one gram of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500.

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Legislation to Defelonize Cannabis Possession Signed into Law in Tennessee

jointLegislation to remove the possibility of a felony conviction for the personal possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis has been signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Under current law, someone caught possessing up to a half ounce of cannabis for the third time can be charged with a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. House Bill 1478 changes the law so that third and subsequent cannabis possession offenses will be reduced to a misdemeanor, punishable by no more than one year in jail (the same penalty for someone’s first or second offense)

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Tennessee Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law After 117 to 2 Vote in Legislature

hemphempLegislation (House Bill 2032) legalizing the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp has been signed into law in Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam. With 119 members of the state’s legislature voting on the bill, only two members voted “No”.

The new law, introduced by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), allows farmers to cultivate hemp as an agricultural product, so long as they receive a license from the state’s Department of Agriculture. According to official projections, legal hemp cultivation will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue for the state, while opening up a lucrative new market for farmers.

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Bill to Legalize Hemp Passes Tennessee House Committee

hempHouse Bill 2032, a proposal to fully legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp, has received approval from Tennessee’s House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It now heads to the House Government Operations Committee, where its passage will send it to the full House of Representatives.

The proposed law, introduced by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would make it so that those wanting to cultivate and produce industrial hemp are allowed to do so, given they register with, and receive a license from the Tennessee Department of Argiculture. The proposal would not require federal approval to take effect, and would apply to commercial hemp production, not exclusively for research as it is in states like Kentucky.

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Tennessee Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Thepl medical use of cannabis extracts for those with epilepsy is now legal in Tennessee, after Governor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 0197 into law Monday.

The bill allows those with seizure disorders to possess and use cannabis extracts – such as tinctures and oils – if they receive a recommendation from a physician. The law requires that the THC percentage in the extracts be no higher than 0.9%. The law unfortunately doesn’t establish a legal means for patients to obtain the medicine.

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