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Governor of Tennessee Signs Bill To Expand State's Medical Marijuana Program


Last updated 6/6/2021 at 11:59pm

Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed off on a bill to expand the state’s limited CBD program and create a commission to study broader medical marijuana legalization. The bill will allow patients with qualifying conditions to possess CBD oil that contains no more than 0.9 percent THC.

The current program’s list of qualifying conditions will be expanded to include 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.

The legislation “does not authorize a medical Cannabis program to operate in this state, and licenses for such a program shall not be issued, or authorized to be issued, until marijuana is removed from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act,” the measure continues. Tennesseans currently purchase Cannabis out of state or obtain it illegally. The bill will provide legal protections for certain patients under strict circumstances.

Under the legislation, the commission will be tasked to analyze federal and state Cannabis laws and will help to prepare future bills to legalize medical marijuana. They will “serve as a resource for the study of federal and state laws regarding medical Cannabis and the preparation of legislation to establish an effective, patient-focused medical Cannabis program in this state upon the rescheduling or descheduling of marijuana from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act,” the text of the bill states.

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