Tennessee Legislator Files New Medical Marijuana Initiative

Tennessee Legislator Files New Medical Marijuana Initiative

NASHVILLE, TN — Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) has filed an initiative to allow limited access to medical cannabis in the State of Tennessee.

As written, House Bill 1385 – the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act – would call for the state to establish a regulatory system similar to states with medical marijuana already on the books.

nashville marijuanaThe bill is named in honor of two Tennessee natives, according to Chris Lindsey, Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

Piper Koozer is a child from Tennessee who suffers from a very serious seizure disorder related to Aicardi syndrome. His family relocated to Colorado in search of medical marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD) to treat his condition.

Jeanne Kuhn passed away after a battling with cancer. She found relief from medical cannabis towards the end of her life, but was considered a criminal under State law for doing so.

Rep. Jones Moves To Legalize Medical Cannabis In Tennessee

As Rep. Jones recently told WRCB-TV, her bill is “simply a matter of being rational and compassionate.”

“It would apply to only the most severely debilitated people … children suffering a hundred (epileptic) seizures a day, people on chemotherapy, people with multiple sclerosis … people with a plethora of diseases.” – Rep. Sherry Jones

The legislator continues, “it would apply to only the most severely debilitated people … children suffering a hundred (epileptic) seizures a day, people on chemotherapy, people with multiple sclerosis … people with a plethora of diseases.”

It is noteworthy that legalizing medical cannabis would not be a novel occurrence in the Tennessee. The State allowed it to be prescribed during the 1980s, but the law was subsequently repealed. Attempts to revive the measure have resulted in failure, including the most recent effort in 2012.

Nonetheless, Rep. Jones is hopeful that recent developments on the national front have garnered some extra support for a medical marijuana program in Tennessee. Retail sales of cannabis officially began in Colorado last week and Washington will follow suit in a matter of months.

From the MJ Directory Visit the directory
Logo for Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Washington, District of Columbia

The Marijuana Policy Project was founded in 1995 in Washington, DC. The founders were members of NORML, but felt the organization should be more proactive. In turn, they broke away and started the MPP. In …

Portrait for Chris Lindsey
Chris Lindsey Legislative Analyst of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

Chris Lindsey is a Legislative Analyst in the Marijuana Policy Project’s State Policies Department. Accordingly, he works with community leaders, lobbyists, and legislators in over a dozen states and U.S. territories to change marijuana laws.

Loading Comments... ([[ count ]]) Comments
Leave a reply...
Submit

There are currently no comments for this topic. Be the first to leave a comment!

  • Want to stay in the loop?

    Join over 30,000 e-mail subscribers!

    By clicking submit I agree to the Privacy Policy

    Top cannabinoids

    Free Join the MJ Directory

    Welcome to the free database of cannabis companies, people, and events that anyone can add to. Ready to join the movement?

    Additional Reading View more
    Terpenes May Improve Effectiveness Of Medical Marijuana
    Terpenes May Improve Potency Of Medical Cannabis
    Terpenes Found In Medical Cannabis May Improve Overall Effectiveness Of Medical Marijuana For MMJ Patients | Medical Jane
    Study: Cannabinoid Therapies May Help Treat Stress-Induced Anxiety Disorders
    Anandamide May Help Treat Stress-Induced Anxiety
    Considering that CBD can inhibit the degradation of anandamide and THC can mimic its effects, it is possible cannabis-based therapies may work.
    Study: Orally Administered THC May Help Treat PTSD
    Orally Absorbable THC May Improve PTSD Symptoms
    An Israeli study showed significant improvement in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms when prescribed THC orally.
    How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds
    How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds
    Learn How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds With Medical Marijuana Infused Coconut Oil

    Join thousands of other cannabis patients. Create an account Welcome back, [[ user.name ]]! Access your Dashboard

    Your browser is out-of-date!

    Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

    ×