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.
Marijuana Policy Project