NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate today approved legislation authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures.
Senators voted 23-4 for the bill, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga. The House bill is set for a floor vote on Thursday.
Senate physician members spoke in favor of the legislation, which Gardenhire and Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, brought in response to a local couple who moved to Colorado to get legal access to cannabis oil they say relieved their child's seizures.
Gardenhire said the research would be conducted by Vanderbilt University and Children's Hospital in East Tennessee.
Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, said the specially bred marijuana that will be used to produce the oil has such a low content of the psychoactive element tetrahydrocannabinol that someone can "drink gallons of it without getting high."
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...