TENNESSEE: For the first time, medical marijuana will be available in Tennessee after a bill allowing cannabis oil as an alternative medicine for seizure patients passed the Tennessee House and Senate with unanimous yes votes Monday night.
For families of seizure patients who have been relentlessly advocating the legislature since the bill was introduced, the passage of the bills was a cause for celebration.
“It was a feeling of great joy from all the families and we gathered in the hall with hugs and tears of joy,” said Ellen McCall, a Greeneville mother who advocated for the bill to help her seizure stricken daughter, Penelope. “We had an idea that we would have at least the minimum amount of votes we would need for it to pass, but we weren’t expecting to get that many.”
The bill redefined marijuana by removing the requirement that cannabis oil containing cannabidiol and less than nine-tenths of 1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol be transferred, dispensed, possessed or administered as part of a clinical research study to be in legal possession.