A proposal 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.
The measure would establish a system of dispensaries to distribute the medicine to patients, with the state overseeing the production of the plant “from seed to sale” to ensure that it’s grown safely.
The state would also oversee the plants “from seed to sale” to ensure the product is grown and distributed safely and effectively.
A separate medical cannabis proposal, which would allow those with epilepsy to possess and use low-THC cannabis extracts, was approved earlier this month by the state’s House Criminal Justice Committee.