Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has given approval to House Bill 109, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure was filed by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby).
Under the proposed law, the possession and use of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis oil will be legal for those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician.
House Bill 109 now moves to the House Criminal Committee; the chairman of the Criminal Committee, William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), says he supports the measure.
Last year lawmakers approved a proposal, which was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam in May, which established a four-year study on the medical benefits of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant.
Last month, companion bills to legalize recreational cannabis were filed in Tennessee’s House and Senate.