Tennessee Set to Legalise Medical Use of Cannabis Oil to Treat Child Seizures

Cannabis oil used for medical purposes is on course to become legal in Tennessee after a bill passed on Monday evening aimed mainly at helping children with uncontrollable seizures.

Legislators in the state house of representatives and senate unanimously passed a bill allowing limited use of the substance and the legislation now awaits approval from the Republican governor, Bill Haslam.

Parents of young children with severe epilepsy and similar conditions that cause them to have multiple seizures almost daily hugged and wept as the bill was passed.

It allows restricted use of cannabis oil on doctor’s orders, extracted and processed to remove almost all of the psychoactive ingredient, THC, that normally produces the “high” associated with the drug.

“It’s life-changing. It’s life-saving, I’m speechless,” said Tennessee resident Stacie Mathes, whose one-year-old daughter Josie suffers from seizures that have defied medical efforts to treat them.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.