NASHVILLE (WATE) – Cannabis oil is now legal, under certain circumstances, in Tennessee.
Governor Bill Haslam signed the cannabis oil bill into law Monday. The law decriminalizes the possession of cannabis oil for people who suffer from seizures and epilepsy.
The bill passed the Tennessee House and Senate with no opposition. The bill was watched closely by families who said it will change their lives.
The cannabis oil must contain less than .9 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and must be administered as part of a research study on the treatment of intractable seizures or epilepsy. The oil must be supervised by a physician practicing at a hospital or associated clinic affiliated with a university or that has a college or school of medicine.
The bottle containing the oil must be labeled by the manufacturer that is contains less than .9 percent THC. The person in possession of the oil must have proof of the legal order or recommendation from the issuing state and proof that the person or the person’s immediate family member has been diagnosed with intractable seizures or epilepsy by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine who is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Tennessee. Anyone possessing cannabis oil who does not follow the specific guidelines outlined by the law will face a Class C misdemeanor.