Tennessee Legislature Unanimously Passes Medical Cannabis Bill, Heads to Governor

Tennessee’s full Legislature has approved a bill – HB0197 – to legalize the possession and use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders such as epilepsy.MedicalMarijuana2-JCR-600x399

The Senate passed the bill Monday night with a unanimous 26-0 vote, and the House of Representative approved the proposal shortly after with a 95 to 0 vote. The measure will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam for consideration.

The proposal would allow those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis extracts that contain no more than 0.9% THC.

A separate proposal – filed by Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) – to legalize the use of cannabis-based medicines for those with a wide-range of medical conditions was recently approved with a unanimous vote by Tennessee’s House Health Subcommittee.

The full text of House Bill 0197 can be found by clicking here.


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