Tennessee Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Next Step

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In a vote on Wednesday state lawmakers in a key House committee passed a stripped down medical cannabis bill by a vote of 9 -2.

Dr Michael Warren with the Tennessee Health Department testified during the Judicial Committee hearing on Wednesday that marijuana does not help with all mental illnesses and may in fact lead to the presentation of such...



The bill now heads to the Health Committee.

The vote comes after it was unexpectedly postponed last week.

The bill was essentially gutted last week. Instead of a bill full of rules and regulations for growing and distributing medical cannabis, the sponsor amended the bill.

The two amendments that were added to the bill: one that takes away the requirement that someone would need a medical card to possess medical marijuana. The second takes chronic pain and nausea out of one of the accepted conditions in the bill.

More Details on bill:

HB1749 by *Faison. (*SB1710 by *Dickerson.) Health Care - As introduced, enacts the "Medical Cannabis Act"; establishes medical cannabis commission for regulation of cannabis-related health care. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29; Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 50; Title 53, Chapter 11; Title 67 and Title 68. Summary exists for HB1749

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