NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday took a historic step and approved legislation allowing a limited hospital study of whether cannabis oil is effective in treating 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 today.
Gardenhire said the bill will be restricted to an oil produced from marijuana with very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That's the ingredient that gives pot smokers their "high." The plant will be bred by Tennessee Tech and will have less than 0.01 percent THC.
Someone would have to "drink gallons" of it to get a buzz, the senator said.
The four-year study will be conducted by physicians at two university-affiliated hospitals -- Vanderbilt Medical Center and East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Gardenhire said.