As of Monday, May 4, 2015, the use of cannabis oil for medical purposes is now legal in the state of Tennessee. Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that has been very controversial in the state. The law will now allow those who suffer from chronic epilepsy to be prescribed cannabis oil to hinder their symptoms.
Supporters of the measure cite studies that have been conducted of patients who responded well from the use of cannabis oil. According to the studies, this type of medication helps those with seizures when other medicines failed to produce positive results.
Stacie Mathes, a Tennessee resident and a supporter of the bill, stated that she is confident that cannabis oil will help her one-year-old daughter. Her daughter has yet to respond positively to medications that have been trying to help with her symptoms.
The bill signed by Haslam will be effective immediately. Although the bill will not allow the oil to be bought in Tennessee, it will be able to transported into the state. Mathes stated she is grateful for the chance to help her daughter.
By Alex Lemieux
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