New version of Tennessee Medical Cannabis bill would decriminalize valid possession
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – The Medical Cannabis Only Act is going before the Criminal Justice Committee again Wednesday, this time in a new form.
SB 1710 and HB 1749 would allow access to cannabidiol oil to Tennesseans with certain medical conditions. However, the bill has been amended to focus on decriminalization instead of access.
Under its current form, the bill would decriminalize possession of cannabidiol as long as the individual possessed a valid prescription from a doctor or a medical marijuana card.
Several medical marijuana advocates and those opposed to the bill gave testimony Wednesday.
Andrea Houser, a Lawrenceburg mother of two who suffers seizures from epilepsy, said the THC in cannabis oil is imperative to her health. Houser said when she had her first seizure, she went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and didn’t wake up for three days. Following that, she’s developed 19 kidney stones from side effects due to medicine.
Houser spoke frankly in front of lawmakers and said she