Legalizing Medical Marijuana: Tennessee

There’s another attempt in Tennessee to try to legalize marijuana for medical use. Advocates say 25,000 sick Tennesseans use pot.

Medical marijuana bill on the move in Nashville

Exciting news: there are not one, but two hearings on medical marijuana in Tennessee today! In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jeanne Richardson’s bill, HB 294, was approved by a subcommittee of the Health and Human Resources Committee last week, and today it goes before the full panel for a hearing, and hopefully a vote. The bill has been amended to correct technical concerns and would now create an effective medical marijuana law.

Please ask your legislators to support this compassionate legislation.

Meanwhile, the Senate Government Operations Committee has scheduled a hearing on SB 251, the Senate companion to HB 294, sponsored by Sen. Beverly Marrero. While the progress in the House is nice, it’s not unprecedented — a study bill was approved in committee two years ago. A committee vote in the Tennessee Senate, however, would be a first.

There’s growing legitimacy behind this year’s push. Constance… Continue reading

Medical marijuana bill advances in Tennessee

In somewhat of a surprise, a medical marijuana bill was approved in a Tennessee legislative subcommittee by a voice vote yesterday. Next up is a vote in the full House Health and Human Resources Committee.

Please ask your legislators to support HB 294.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis), told reporters that the bill envisions perhaps the strictest medical marijuana program in the country. In fact, it may be a bit too strict. By requiring physicians to “prescribe” marijuana, the bill would not be workable under federal law.

There’s still time to amend the bill, though. For now, the important thing is the attention yesterday’s vote received. News outlets throughout the state reported on the bill’s progress, sending a clear message that medical marijuana is a legitimate topic for discussion in the Volunteer State. Please keep that discussion going by emailing your legislators now.

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Juicing RAW Cannabis – Eating RAW Cannabis?

When you consume “raw” cannabis, that is cannabis which has not been heated, you are consuming the cannabinoid acids. THCA and/or CBDA. If you have a strain that is dominant in CBD, then the raw form is delivering CBDA. If you have a high THC strain, then this raw form will deliver THCA. Look up tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or cannabidiolic acid. Those are the A forms of the molecules you are consuming.

Almost all varieties today contain large amounts of THCA which when heated provides THC. By volume (it is reported by weight actually), there is next to no CBDA or CBD in virtually all of the strains currently available. NOT ALL STRAINS ARE THE SAME! EVEN THE SAME NAMES ARE MOST OFTEN NOT THE SAME (mis-named, different grower = different method = different end product)! Over-generalization of this marvelous plant is what is diminishing its stock and ruining the value… Continue reading

Medical marijuana bills languish in Tennessee legislative committee

In 2010, the Tennessee Legislature finally got serious about a medical marijuana bill introduced by Sen. Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) and Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis). Not only did the bill get a hearing in committee, but the committee actually passed it after it was amended from a full medical marijuana bill to a study bill. This left advocates excited for the opportunity to build on their progress.

You can understand why, then, those activists have been disappointed with the legislature’s inaction since. After introduction of House and Senate legislation aimed at allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana, both bills have sat idly in committee with no hearing on the horizon for either. Unfortunately, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslem opposed to medical marijuana, the legislature apparently doesn’t think it’s worth taking the time to try and relieve the suffering of Tennessee residents with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other… Continue reading