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Tennessee Committee Considers Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

Tennessee committee consider legalizing medical marijuana

Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

Tennessee voters overwhelmingly support medical marijuana legalization, and Tennessee lawmakers are working hard to make it happen! Several pieces of legislation are currently under consideration.

A bipartisan bill to study licensing and regulation of medical marijuana in the state is the latest—which is a signal that Tennessee is serious about taking on the responsibility of medical marijuana legalization.

Under this bill, the Tennessee Department of Health will study the licensing of cannabis for medical use, which would be regulated by the state’s department of health and medical licensing boards.

The bill joins a list of existing marijuana proposals in the state regarding medical use and decriminalization. The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act, for example, would legalize medical cannabis and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Earlier in March 2021, the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act was moving forward. This bill would legalize and regulate medical marijuana, allowing licensed providers to cultivate marijuana, transport marijuana, and sell marijuana to dispensaries.

What are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Tennessee?

If this bill is passed, the qualifying medical conditions will be as follows:

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • Epilepsy


  • Crohn's disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Opioid addiction

  • Renal failure

  • Severe nausea or chronic pain

  • Any medical condition producing cachexia, persistent muscle spasm, or seizures

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Chronic radiculopathy

  • Severe psoriasis

  • Post-laminectomy syndrome

  • Psoriatic arthritis

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Complex pain syndrome, including trigeminal neuralgia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson's disease

  • End-of-life pain management or palliative care

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Tourette syndrome

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • The following conditions if the patient is younger than eighteen (18) years of age:

  • Osteogenesis imperfecta; and

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Terminal conditions; and

  • Any additional conditions approved by the commission pursuant to rulemaking

This bill has been brought to the Senate Judiciary Committee, so we are hopeful that it will be passed soon. We will keep our website updated as new information comes out, and we can’t wait to see you for an evaluation to get your Tennessee marijuana card soon!

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