Two Republican lawmakers Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) and Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) introduced a bill on Thursday that would make Tennessee the latest state to allow medical marijuana.
Medical Cannabis Only Act of 2018 will allow access to safe, regulated medical cannabis oil-based manufactured products. The legislation would not permit any recreational use of marijuana.
“Now is the time for the General Assembly to embrace thoughtful, medically responsible legislation to help Tennessee’s sickest residents,” Dickerson said.
The two Republicans estimated at least 65,000 Tennesseans would benefit from the legislation.
The law allows the use of Medical Marijuana under certain medical conditions. Tennessee patients with the following health conditions cancer; HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis C; ALS; PTSD; Alzheimer’s Disease; severe arthritis; Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Chron’s Disease and ulcerative colitis; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson’s Disease; schizophrenia, and those suffering from seizures characteristic of epilepsy , will be qualified to use.
Qualified patients are required get registration cards from the State. The cards will be equipped with chip reader that will prevent the continued purchases after a patient reaches their dosage each month.
The legislation would also require any doctor wishing to participate in the program to obtain a license from the state.
“Some of our sickest Tennesseans desperately want the freedom to choose what is best for their own health, and they want to be able to make that decision with their doctor,” Faison said.
“Now is the time for a safe and healthy alternative to opiates, psychotropics, and anti-inflammatories.” — he added.