Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed Senate Bill 2531 into law, a proposal to establish a 4-year study on the cannabis compound cannabidiol. Under the proposed law, “it would not be a criminal 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. “
According to the measure, physicians conducting the study “would be required to report the results of such study, including information on the number of patients involved, the parameters of the study and the outcomes of each patient, to the commissioner of health, the speaker of the house of representatives and the speaker of the senate by January 15, 2018.”
Although the proposal clearly doesn’t go far enough, and activists should continue to fight for further reform, it’s great to see that Tennessee lawmakers are at least willing to have a discussion about the medical benefits of cannabis.