The 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.
“The cannabis oil bill the governor signed into law (Monday) is a step in the right direction and an acknowledgment by our state leaders that marijuana has therapeutic properties,” says Paul Kuhn, Chairman of Tennesseans United, a nonprofit organization advocating for the legalization of medical cannabis. “We hope this momentum carries over into the summer when lawmakers will work on proposed legislation to benefit Tennesseans suffering from a wider range of conditions.”
The full text of HB 0197 – which takes effect immediately – can be found by clicking here.