It's been a crappy week. The weather is as dark and gray as my mood when you consider the SCOTUS travesty and Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy's seat.
But, in case you missed it, on January 13, a medical marijuana bill, "Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Act", was introduced in the Tennessee State Legislature.
The bill basically allows those with illnesses like Cancer, Chrohn's, Hepatitis C, Glaucoma, and other conditions to get a prescription and a program card for medical marijuana. It also sets up conditions for distributors and producers.
An excerpt from the bill;
"SAFE ACCESS PROGRAM
This bill establishes the safe access program. To enroll in the program, a qualified patient must receive a prescription for medical marijuana from a practitioner, stating that in the practitioner's professional opinion the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualifying patient. The prescription and safe access program enrollment completed at the participating pharmacy must specify the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition."
" A qualifying patient who has possession of a program identification card and is enrolled in the program would not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner or denied any right or privilege, for the medical use of marijuana. A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll, employ, or lease to or otherwise penalize a person solely for the person's status as a cardholder. Registered qualifying patients would be allowed to possess a reasonable amount of marijuana, not to exceed one month's supply, as determined by their practitioner. Any interest in or right to property that is possessed, owned, or used in connection with the medical use of cannabis, or acts incidental to such use, may not be forfeited. For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient's authorized use of marijuana would be considered the equivalent of the authorized use of any other medication and would not constitute the use of an illicit substance. There would exist a presumption that a qualifying patient is engaged in the medical use of marijuana if the qualifying patient possesses a program identification card and possesses an amount of marijuana that does not exceed a one-month supply."
The bill summary is definitely worth the read.
We can only hope this bill will pass.
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