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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Tennessee
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Tennessee
Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is illegal to use or possess the drug cannabis in Tennessee, United States, with possession of even small amounts being a criminal misdemeanor, but there are limited legal allowances for non-psychoactive CBD oil as medical cannabis, and the authorities have not been able to enforce the law.
Tennessee’s medical cannabis law, SB 2531, was signed in May 2014, creating an extremely narrow legal exception that does not protect the vast majority of residents. The law has been amended in 2015 and 2016 to fix problems that made the law unworkable. However, even with the amendments, there is still limited access for patients.
In May 2016, the legislature amended a provision related to university research. The law now allows university research for 0.6% THC, allows any university in the state to participate, and allows research to be conducted on intractable seizures, cancer, and other diseases. Legal protections for medical cannabis patients in Tennessee are extremely limited. Only patients diagnosed with an uncontrolled seizure disorder who are enrolled in an approved clinical research study may acquire and possess cannabis oil that contains no more than 0.9% THC. The law does not provide clear guidance on how cannabis oil will be produced or distributed, but requires that cannabis oil be produced or distributed by a four-year school of higher education in the state.
- Must be diagnosed with an uncontrolled seizure disorder
- Must be enrolled in an approved clinical research study
- Must be under the care of a physician at a hospital or clinic affiliated with a school of medicine
- Must not possess forms of cannabis oil that contain over 0.9% tetrahydrocannibinol (THC)
The law does set forth a formal application process for patients to enroll; however, patients will have to enroll in a clinical research study run by a hospital or clinic affiliated with a school of medicine in Tennessee in order to be legally protected. Consult with medical schools in the state to find out if any clinical research studies are currently available.