Tennessee Lawmakers Vote Down Medical Marijuana, But May Allow Cannabis Oil Research

The state panel voted down a broader medical marijuana proposal, but advanced a measure enabling research of medical uses for cannabis oil. (Photo via flickr user eggrole/Mark)

The state panel voted down a broader medical marijuana proposal, but advanced a measure enabling research of medical uses for cannabis oil. (Photo via flickr user eggrole/Mark)

State lawmakers killed a proposal Tuesday to allow medical marijuana.  But a bill moved forward that would permit a limited study of medical uses for cannabis oil.

The proposal would let universities research ways cannabis oil can be used treat recurring seizures.  It might not seem like a huge deal compared to Colorado, which this year started allowing recreational marijuana use.  Health Subcommittee Chairman Bob Ramsey argues it is, though:

“I think it is a big deal.  I think it’s a signal that the legislature is taking seriously the humanity needs of those citizens who have illnesses that this may address.”

Some 20 states have approved medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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