NASHVILLE: The journey of a medical cannabis bill is making its way through the Tennessee legislature but has been stripped of many of its key components.
A house committee in a 9-2 vote this week passed a watered down version of the original rules and regulations for growing and distributing medical cannabis; the new version would only decriminalize possession of cannabis oil for treatment of medical conditions such as cancer.
The bill now comes under review by the Health Committee. Medical conditions that could benefit from the use of medical cannabis include fibrolmyalgia. Limited evidence suggests cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms.
Medical cannabis can be administered through a variety of methods, including capsules, lozenges, tinctures, dermal patches, oral or dermal sprays, cannabis edibles, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds.
In the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, beginning with California in 1996.