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Enacts Medical Cannabis Act (SB 1710 / HB 1749)

Enacts the “Medical Cannabis Act”; establishes medical cannabis commission for regulation of cannabis-related health care.

Bill Analysis

This is a far-reaching bill that would authorize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Among the provisions included are:

  • Establishment of a commission that would be charged with regulating all aspects of the production, sale and use of marijuana to include licensing of facilities to produce or dispense marijuana;
  • Voters of county or municipality may exercise a local option referendum on whether to allow the retail sale of medical marijuana in their jurisdiction;
  • Generally, a licensed grower of marijuana may do so anywhere in the state, however, a county legislative body will have authority to prohibit such activity by opting the county out of this provision.
  • Prior to purchase of marijuana an individual must first be approved as an authorized cardholder by the commission.
  • Becoming an authorized cardholder requires that the person must first obtain certification from a physician of a diagnosis of one or more of the debilitating medical conditions that are outlined in the legislation, or as determined by the commission.

Bill Sponsors

Dickerson in the Senate
Faison in the House

Bill Status

Passed House Criminal Justice Committee. No action taken in the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana for Medical Condition (SB 1633 / HB 1700)

Creates an exception to the criminal law for the possession of no more than one ounce of marijuana if it is possessed for the treatment of a provable medical condition.

Bill Analysis

The bill as drafted allows a person who can prove a medical diagnosis of one of 19 medical conditions ranging from severe nausea to HIV or AIDS, to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It does not require that a physician prescribe the marijuana, only that the person “reasonably believes” it is necessary for the treatment of the condition.

Bill Sponsors

Yarbro in the Senate
Love in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Child Sexual Abuse Instruction (SB 1510 / HB 2164)

Requires instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse be provided as part of a family life curriculum.

Bill Analysis

This bill will amend the law providing for age-appropriate abstinence-based family life curriculum in counties whose pregnancy ratio in girls between the ages of 15 and 17 meets a stated standard. Specifically, this bill would amend that statute to include the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse among the information that should be covered in the family life curriculum.

Bill Sponsors

Massey in the Senate
Moody in the House

Bill Status

Signed by the Governor 4/2/18, Public Chapter 609.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Assisted Suicide Bill (SB 1378 / HB 1394)

Allows for an adult suffering from a terminal disease to make a written request for life-ending medication.

Bill Analysis

Raises a whole host of spiritual, legal, and ethical issues. If passed, this bill could have enormous impact as to Tennessee’s policy (as a state) on the intrinsic value of life.

Bill Sponsors

Tate in the Senate
Wirgau in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Legalizes Marijuana for Medical Purposes (SB 673 / HB 860)

Creates an exception to the criminal code to the offense of simple possession of marijuana in limited circumstances.

Bill Analysis

The bill provides that an individual can possess marijuana if they have a valid, medical marijuana identification card issued in any state and who obtained the marijuana pursuant to a valid physician’s recommendation.

Bill Sponsors

Harris in the Senate
Miller in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill