As Press staff writer Zach Vance reported earlier this month, Public Chapter 963, which became law in 2014, already allows for the administration of cannabis oil in clinical studies into intractable seizures. The proposed law only permits oil-based products. Use of flower or raw marijuana would still be outlawed in this state.
The sponsors estimate at least 65,000 Tennesseans would benefit from access to oil-based medical cannabis products.
“Now is the time for the General Assembly to embrace thoughtful, medically responsible legislation to help Tennessee’s sickest residents,” Dickerson said
Dickerson and Faison headed the Medical Cannabis Task Force, a panel formed by House Speaker Beth Harwell last year to study the feasibility of marijuana legalization in Tennessee. The task force created the framework of the legislation based on testimony from hundreds of experts, including doctors, patients and officials from other states that have already legalized marijuana.
State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, also served on the task force. While he has remained largely silent on whether he supports legalization or not, Crowe indicated in August he would support whatever position