Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Passed on First Consideration

A Tennessee medical marijuana measure has been introduced and “passed on first consideration” in the state’s Senate.

Senate Bill 1633, introduced by Senator Jeff Yarbro, “establishes a defense to prosecution for the possession of marijuana in an amount not to exceed one ounce by declaring such possession is justified if possessed for the treatment of certain provable medical conditions.” The measure was filed today in the Tennessee Senate, and quickly passed on first consideration. The legislation must now go through the committee process and be approved by both the House and Senate before it can be sent to Governor Bill Haslam for consideration.

According to the proposal; “The person can prove a medical diagnosis of one (1) of the following:

(A) Cancer;
(B) Glaucoma;
(C) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune
deficiency syndrome (AIDS);
(D) Hepatitis C;
(E) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
(F) Tourette’s syndrome;
(G) Crohn’s disease;
(H) Ulcerative colitis;
(I) Post-traumatic stress disorder;
(J) Severe arthritis;
(K) Fibromyalgia;
(L) Alzheimer’s disease;
(M) Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(N) Peripheral neuropathy;
(O) Intractable pain that has not responded to ordinary
medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six (6)
(P) Severe nausea;
(Q) Seizures, including, without limitation, those characteristic of
epilepsy; or
(R) Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, without
limitation, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.


Section 2 of the bill states that “This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.”


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    • Tracey harteau on October 28, 2018 at 1:07 am
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    I have diabetes fibromyalgia Carpule tunnel osteo arthritis spinal stenosis ibs acid reflux I would rather take medical marijuana then take these pills that cause other medical problems for one medical problem please pass it this year

    • Martha on March 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm
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    Why isn’t Lupus included?

      • tracey harteau on October 31, 2018 at 12:21 am
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      it should be

    • Tracy Johnson on February 22, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    Just curious why systemic lupus isn’t on the list? I would qualify under severe arthritis but still. Very painful disease!
    On another note I think the bill has good chance of being passed. Tennessee just voted to spend millions on fighting opioid addiction and medical marijuana is best place to start

    • Lindell graves on January 30, 2018 at 10:06 am
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    I really hope that this bill will be passed. I truly believe that cannabis is a great medicine not only will people benefit from it medically but it will cut down significantly on illegal immigrants smuggling into our country. it would bring in millions and millions of tax dollars to Tennessee and if you look at our homeless population and poverty level you know that money to go to good use. So let Stand Together and get this bill passed

    • raym9 nd on January 24, 2018 at 2:24 am
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    Can you not read?

    (R) Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, without
    limitation, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

    It’s there!

    You’re covered!

    • Julie on January 23, 2018 at 11:18 pm
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    RSD also needs to be added to the list! It is the highest rated pain on the McGill Pain Index scale. Maybe it’s too rare to be listed.

    • Lm on January 23, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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    Migraines needs to be added as well as depression and MS.

    • Michel on January 23, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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    They need to add migraines to this list as well.

    • M. K Poole on January 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm
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    Having Chronic pain from neck and back surgeries, neurological damage degenerative disk disease and a myriad of other ailments including depression and anxiety, I am on opiates that the FDA (after allowing Drs. to get your body addicted) are trying to make the Dr’s take it away from us, because of the people who take them and OD because of how addictive they are!
    With medical marijuana, I wouldn’t need nearly the amount of “legal” drugs I’m taking now, and I wouldn’t spend so much time in pain or in bed!

    • Latonya Baker-Hathaway on January 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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    “Live in pain” I ment

    • Latonya Baker-Hathaway on January 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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    I have PTSD, manic depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nausea caused by Severe migraines and pain, herniated disc with tears, ECT. Y’all get the picture. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PASS THIS BILL AND ADD MORE DIAGNOSIS TO THE LIST I love in pain and battle with my mental health daily…..its not y’all who have to deal with these overwhelming and painful conditions …WE ARE! And having to travel to obtain edible cannabis just relieve my pain and suffering is not only immoral but financially crippling as well. SO PASS THE LAW! PEOPLE (tax payers&law abiding citizens and veterans) ARE SUFFERING!

    • Tiffany on January 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    It does say post traumatic stress disorder which is ptsd

    • Andre Leslie on January 23, 2018 at 9:08 am
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    Yes yes iam a Rastafarian in Nashville its my,our way of life an some its not a high its a vibe a great part of inner spirit….an i do have muscle pain that cause me to have arthritis…

    • Blake Easley on January 22, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    It says seizure disorders/muscle spams including multiple sclerosis

    • Brittney on January 21, 2018 at 7:57 am
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    I also agree they need to add more to the medical diagnosis. I have endometriosis and there is no treatment or cure, I’m in pain almost everyday.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2018 at 9:34 am
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      you are covered under item O

    • Randy on January 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    Finally there’s a chance to get medical cannabis legal this year in Tennessee. Curious about who will grow it or where to get it? Us Tennessee hemp farmers have been trying to get the chance to grow it for 3 years. we need to call or contact the committee’s that will vote on the bill and show our support for it. If they pass it then they will send it to the governor to sign it into law. He will be noted to be the first Tn governor to sign it into law legalizing medical cannabis for cancer/seizures and a lot of other conditions. Thanks for sharing especially if you live in Tennessee.

    • Mark L Fuzek on January 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    I will be dead before medical marijuana is made legal in TN.

    • Charles chastain on January 18, 2018 at 8:20 pm
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    They need to reconsider the conditions under diagnosis. And add anxiety and adhd . marijuana helps me with both of these areas where as the medicines that scientists make are very harmful and can have long lasting effects on the immune system and the brain. Not to mention they suppress your appetite and you may go 2 or three days without eating because you have no desire to eat.

    • Casey on January 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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    What about mental illness? Bi polar, depression, PTSD., anxiety? Why can’t we use it?

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2018 at 9:35 am
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      dude, it literally says PTSD on the list

    • Daren on January 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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    Medical marijuana is a superior alternative to the harsh and addictive chemicals that are currently being overt prescribed. The scientific evidence is here and to ignore it would be an offense in itself.

    • James Pewitt on January 18, 2018 at 5:42 am
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    It needs to be legal to help stop over prescribed medications

    • Jeremy on January 18, 2018 at 4:08 am
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    Please y’all, let’s pray that this gets passed! I have severe pain from motorcycle accident & also on disability because I suffer from ptsd panic attacks anxiety and depression… this would be such a blessing!

    • Chris Moore on January 17, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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    Multiple Sclerosis is probably the most important use. How did it not make the list. An immediate amendment should be made!!!

    • Darren on January 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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    It’s about time! Let’s hope it gets to the big guys desk!!!!

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