published Monday, April 14th, 2014

House sends cannabis oil study bill to Haslam

NASHVILLE — With no discussion, the House today sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures.

Representatives voted 97-0 for the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah.

The bill authorizes hospitals affiliated with university medical schools to conduct studies on the impact of low-THC content cannabis oil on certain types of seizures.

THC, that is, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that gives pot smokers their "high." Carter and other proponents say users could drink "gallons" of the oil without getting a psychoactive reaction.

Last week, senators approved the bill, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga on a 23-4 vote.

The bill authorizes Tennessee Tech to cultivate marijuana with the very low TCH content.

about Andy Sher...

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, ...

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