Updated on May 11, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
The first medical marijuana program that was proposed in Tennessee was similar to the pilot program in North Carolina. It was set up as a research study to allow several universities to conduct clinical trials on patients with intractable seizures. The legislation was passed, but no research ever took place.
The legislation included a clause that referenced FDA approval of marijuana use. Since the FDA maintains a ban on marijuana for any purpose, no research study would receive approval. Tennessee tried again a year later but did not remove the FDA clause, so marijuana clinical trials never happened in Tennessee.