Watered down medical cannabis bill moves through Tennessee legislature

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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.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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