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Using cannabis oil for seizures and epilepsy is now legal in Tennessee after Gov. Bill Haslam signed a limited legalization bill. People must have a recommendation from a doctor before they may use the oil legally.(Photo: File/ USA TODAY)
The sponsor of a bill that would allow medical cannabis in Tennessee has significantly altered the measure.
While presenting the bill in front of the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Crosby, introduced an amendment that significantly scaled back the effort.
The rewritten version of the legislation would prevent Tennesseans suffering from 15 maladies from being arrested and prosecuted provided they have a doctor’s note prescribing cannabis, said Faison.
The allowable maladies include:
cancer HIV and AIDS 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 schizophrenia or a number of chronic or debilitating diseases.
Faison, who dubbed the measure a decriminalization effort, said he was forced to rework the bill for fear of failure.
“You’re always working to meet the needs of the individual committee that you’re in,” he said.
The original version of the bill outlined a program that would have required eligible patients to obtain registration card, equipped with a chip reader, from the state. It would have also required participating doctors to obtain a license from the state.
Further, the original bill would have also created a new state board, tasked with regulating the amount that could be purchased.
All of that is done away with in the new version of the