Tennessee Has Organized A Medical Marijuana Committee

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Tennessee is one of several states in America that has passed a CBD-specific cannabis law. CBD-specific cannabis laws are largely non-beneficial to most medical cannabis patients, and Tennessee’s law is no exception. The law does not allow patients to cultivate their own cannabis, nor does it provide for a legal way for patients to purchase cannabis. It provides for legal possession of CBD oil, but in order for a patient to obtain the oil, they have most likely already committed a crime.

The 2014 CBD law in Tennessee leaves a lot of patients on the outside looking in. A committee has been formed in Tennessee which is tasked with exploring how to expand Tennessee’s medical marijuana law, as described in an e-mail alert that I received yesterday which is pasted below:

House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally formed a committee to study the potential impacts of legalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee.

The committee will be chaired by Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, and Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, who has been a staunch advocate for medical marijuana in the Volunteer State.

Speaker Harwell has recently said she is “open” to considering a law allowing medical marijuana in Tennessee and has launched a House task force to fight the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that states with medical marijuana laws are associated with a significant reduction in mortality from opioid abuse; these states saw a 25% reduction in opioid overdose deaths, compared to states without such laws.

Tell your representative to support the Speaker’s efforts and bring medical marijuana to Tennessee!


Jesse Kelley
Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

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