Limited Tennessee Medical Marijuana Compromise Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

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The Tennessee legislature on Wednesday sent the governor a bill to expand the state’s limited CBD program and create a commission to study broader medical marijuana legalization. The legislation represents a compromise between reform supporters and opponents, though advocates remain disappointed that more comprehensive medical cannabis legalization measures were rejected in committees earlier in the session. Under the proposal, a nine-member commission would be tasked with analyzing federal and state cannabis laws and helping to prepare legislation to legalize medical marijuana. The measure states that implementing a medical cannabis market would be incumbent on Congress rescheduling the plant. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 19-12 on Tuesday. Then the House cleared it in a 74-17 vote on Wednesday. Prior to final passage, the House defeated a proposed amendment to remove the Senate’s language on waiting for a federal policy change before establishing a medical marijuana program. Watch the Senate discuss the medical cannabis bill, starting around 02:40:00 into the video below: The bill would further allow patients with qualifying conditions to possess CBD oil that contains no more than 0.9 percent THC, which is three times greater than the federal definition of hemp. The current program’s list of qualifying conditions would be expanded beyond intractable epilepsy to add Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, cancer, inflammatory bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease. People would have to keep proof of their condition and a recommendation from a physician in order to possess the oil. But in order to obtain the medicine, Tennesseans would have to go out of state or obtain it illegally, as there is currently no means to lawfully purchase cannabis within the state. In effect, the bill simply provides legal protections for certain patients under strict circumstances. Senate Speaker Pro Tem Ferrell Haile (R), sponsor…

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