State law reform movement updates: Tennessee. Amidst uncertain prospects, the Volunteer State moves toward a (limited but real) medicinal cannabis program….

While the program would not include “full flower” cannabis – by far the most cost effective solution for patients who can use that form for a medicine not paid for by insurance – the two Republican sponsors estimate that up to 65,000 Tennesseans would benefit from the program’s institution which would include “oil-based manufactured products, such as pills or lotions,” containing THC.

Covered conditions under the bill are:

hepatitis C
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS
post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD
Alzheimer’s disease
severe arthritis
inflammatory bowel disease
Crohn’s disease
ulcerative colitis
multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
or a number of chronic or debilitating diseases.

Qualifying patients would be required to get a registration card from the state. Registration cards would be equipped with chip readers that allow law enforcement to see details about a patient’s purchase, including how much was bought.

Despite opposition the bill could garner some support from Republican leadership in the House.

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, who is running for governor, previously said she was open to medical marijuana.

Although the potential that a majority of Tennessee lawmakers could embrace any form of marijuana may seem slim — especially in a state that has somewhat stringent laws regarding alcohol sales — the fact that so many legislators are not seeking re-election this year could bolster the bill’s chances. ”

Much more in the article, and as always, TRUCE’s hearts and best wishes go out to all potential Tennessee patients.

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