Tennessee Governor Says He’ll Sign Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he will sign into law a proposal to legalize the possession and use of cannabismedcannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders, and will do so as soon as the end of this week.

House Bill 0197 –  which was approved unanimously by the state’s House and Senate – will allow for the possession and use of low-THC (0.9% or less) cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders such as epilepsy, so long as the individual receives a recommendation from a physician.

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Tennessee Receives Approval from DEA to Import Hemp Seeds

Thehemp-seeds-kentucky Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds.

The production and cultivation of industrial hemp became legal in Tennessee on July 1st of last year, thanks to legislation approved by lawmakers – and signed by the state’s governor – earlier that year. The law allows farmers to legally cultivate hemp – defined as having 0.3% THC or less – so long as they register with the Department of Agriculture.

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Tennessee Legislature Unanimously Passes Medical Cannabis Bill, Heads to Governor

Tennessee’s full Legislature has approved a bill – HB0197 – to legalize the possession and use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders such as epilepsy.MedicalMarijuana2-JCR-600x399

The Senate passed the bill Monday night with a unanimous 26-0 vote, and the House of Representative approved the proposal shortly after with a 95 to 0 vote. The measure will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam for consideration.

The proposal would allow those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis extracts that contain no more than 0.9% THC.

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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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Tennessee Bill to End Jail Time for Cannabis Possession Passes House Committee

Tennessee’smmw_pot_112108_article House Finance, Ways & Means Committee has passed House Bill 0873, a proposal to end the possibility of jail for the possession and exchange of up to an ounce of cannabis.

Under current Tennessee law, someone caught possessing or sharing up to half an ounce of cannabis can be hit with a misdemeanor charge, and placed in jail for up to a year (the maximum penalty increases to 6 years for a person’s third offense). Someone in possession of over half an ounce is guilty of a felony, and can spend up to 6 years in prison.

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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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Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Tennessee

Companion bills tennesseeto legalize the possession of cannabis for recreational purposes have been filed in Tennessee’s House and Senate.

Representative Harold Love has filed House Bill 873, and Senator Jeff Yarbro has filed Senate Bill 1211. Both measures would legalize the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis, with individuals able to legally transfer the substance from one adult to the next as long as money isn’t involved.

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Hemp Cultivation Now Legal in Tennessee

The cultivation of industrial hemp is now legal in Tennessee, thanks to House Bill 2445 officially becoming law yesterday,hemptennessee July 1st. Under the new law, individuals in Tennessee will be allowed to legally grow hemp, given it has 0.3% THC or less, and they register with the state’s Department of Agriculture.

David Waddell, Administrative Manager for the Department of Agriculture’s Consumer and Industries Services Division, tells us that the Department has yet to finalize the registration process, meaning that people can’t yet apply to become a licensed hemp cultivator. However, Waddell says; “Our goal is to have everything in place by the first of the year, so everyone has time to get their crop in next year.”

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Tennessee Governor Signs Cannabidiol Research Proposal Into Law

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed Senate Bill 2531 into lawa proposal to establish a 4-year study on the cannabis compound cannabidiol. Under the proposed law, “it would not be a tennesseecriminal offense for a four-year public institution of higher education located in Putnam County to manufacture, process, transfer, dispense, or possess cannabis oil containing the substance cannabidiol, with less than 0.9 tenths of one percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, as part of a clinical research study on the treatment of intractable seizures. “

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Hemp Legalization Measure Unanimously Passed by Tennessee Senate

In a unanimous vote, Tennessee’s Senate has voted to pass House Bill 2445, a measure to legalize hemp. The proposal has already passed the full18-hemp House of Representatives, and now heads to the governor for consideration.

Under the proposed law, those who become licensed with the state’s Department of Agriculture would be legally allowed to cultivate and sell industrial hemp. The bill is sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison and Senator Frank Nicely.

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