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Tennessee Proposal Would Validate Out-of-State Medical Cannabis Cards

Legislation introduced to Tennessee’s legislative houses would allow for the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis with an out-of-state medical card.

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Several pieces of cannabis legislation are being considered in Tennessee this session, including one that would allow out-of-state medical card holders to legally possess cannabis in Tennessee, according to  the Tennessean.

The bills SB 260/HB 234 were introduced by state Sen. Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) and state Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville). The bills would allow cannabis patients in Tennessee with valid medical cards from another state to possess up to half an ounce of cannabis. They would also allow a person holding a valid medical cannabis card to legally give cannabis to another card holder in the state.

The legislation has passed the Judiciary subcommittee in the Senate and is currently being considered by the Criminal Justice subcommittee in the House.

State Sen. Kile also submitted SB 256, a bill to decriminalize possessing up to an ounce of cannabis.

While all currently submitted cannabis legislation in Tennessee is so far sponsored by Democrats, Republicans in the state have also said they would be submitting cannabis legislation. A bill expected to be submitted by Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) would create a state government commission to regulate cannabis in the state.

Lawmakers in Tennessee have until the end of this week to submit legislation to be considered this session.

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