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]”.
Currently no CBD-based medicine has been approved by the FDA, making the measure mostly symbolic;, however, the administration has been conducting studies on its use in treating epilepsy, a necessary step towards it eventual approval as a medicine.
The full 1-page bill can be found by clicking here.