TN Marijuana Qualification

Updated on May 11, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

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History of Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

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.

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