2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates
Although recreational and medicinal marijuana are currently illegal in the state of Tennessee, the state best known for birthing Nashville may soon become the next state to legalize medical marijuana.
A bill recently proposed by the House (Bill SB 486/HB 637) would allow for the use of medical marijuana if passed. The Bill would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to qualified patients. Although the proposed Bill is a welcome change to Tennessee’s stiff marijuana laws, challenges still lay ahead. For instance, very recently, the first vote on the proposed bill was delayed due to disagreements over safe use of marijuana and law enforcement protocols.
Regardless of whether the bill is passed in the coming future, it is clear that Tennessee is well on its way to recognizing that its residents want medical marijuana.
If you are a cultivator, producer or dispensary waiting for Tennessee to legalize medical marijuana, it could be a matter of months before you are able to open your doors to medical marijuana patients. For updates on Tennessee’s marijuana labeling and packaging laws, keep checking this page for updates.
2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates
Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Tennessee is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”
Current Medical Cannabis Laws
Lawmakers in many states, including the Volunteer State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Tennessee state government to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.
Current Cannabis Research
Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.