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Tennessee Expands (Minimally) Medical Marijuana Law and Establishes Cannabis Commission

Tennessee recently enacted a minimal expansion of its medical marijuana law. The law took effect May 27, 2021, and it slightly enlarges the medical conditions for which persons may possess a very limited amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Previously, Tennessee law allowed only those diagnosed with intractable seizures or epilepsy to possess a limited amount of medical cannabis oil. The law also creates a commission to study the possibility of future medical marijuana legalization.

The new measure allows individuals who have the following medical conditions to possess CBD oil containing less than 0.9% of THC:

  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • Cancer, when such disease is diagnosed as end-stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness, nausea and vomiting, or pain.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Epilepsy or seizures.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • Sickle cell disease.

The patients diagnosed with a qualifying condition must have a letter from a doctor licensed to practice in Tennessee attesting to the patient’s qualifying medical condition, specifying the specific condition, and stating that conventional treatments to address this condition have been ineffective. This letter is valid for a maximum of six months from the date of the doctor’s signature. Additionally, any CBD oil possessed by those legally permitted to carry it must include certain information on the label. Interestingly, it appears that individuals may be required to obtain the compliant CBD oil out of state because the law does not contain provisions allowing for in-state production or sale of cannabis products. However, as a matter of federal law, products containing less than 0.3% of THC can be sold nationwide.

Lastly, the new law establishes a nine-member commission to study federal and state laws regarding medical marijuana to establish a marijuana program in Tennessee upon the federal government reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. The commission is to prepare recommendations for how best to establish an effective, patient-focused medical marijuana program in Tennessee and include proposed legislation in its recommendations.

For advice on how this new marijuana law may impact employees in the workplace, please contact the authors of this article or any member of the Labor & Employment or Cannabis Practice Groups.

Cannabis Business Executive republished this blog post on August 11, 2021, which is available here.

Medical cannabis oil already helping some Tennesseans

Less than a week after medical marijuana legislation was passed in both houses of the legislature, one family has already obtained oil for their young son.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Less than a week after medical marijuana legislation was passed in both houses of the legislature, one family has already obtained oil for their young son.

Holly Ramsey has been trying to get a medical marijuana law passed in Tennessee for the past three years. Her son, TJ has intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Medications they have tried so far haven’t worked except for some success with CBD oil. Ramsey believed TJ needed medical-grade cannabis, with a higher THC content.

A day before the session ended, lawmakers passed through a bill adding eight conditions to existing law in Tennessee allowing those with epilepsy to try a weak form of THC oil.

Ramsey said neither she nor her son’s neurologist at Vanderbilt was aware there was a law allowing people with epilepsy to have the oil. So, she obtained some and is giving it to TJ under the supervision of her doctor.

On a normal day, TJ would have about 10 seizures. Each seizure would take about 30 minutes to recover from. Ramsey said it has a dramatic impact on his life. However, everything changed after TJ started taking the oil.

“Within two days the seizures were dramatically different,” said Ramsey. “Not only the seizures but his energy level and his personality was back and he just was happier and had a spark. He’s just so much more involved in going out to eat and going to stores.”

TJ’s seizures have dropped to just two a day. Ramsey said it will change his life.

However, the mother believes that as TJ gets older and larger, oils up to .9% THC will have less of an effect. Also, Ramsey has to obtain the oil out of state in accordance with the law.

She hopes a change will happen federally. However, she still plans to fight to pass better medical marijuana legislation.

The new law adds conditions such as cancer to the list of who can obtain the oil. Critics of the law have called it weak and say it makes it difficult for people to obtain treatment.

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