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Medical marijuana bill fails, but TN may explore other options

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) -

While a bill legalizing medical marijuana died in the House on Tuesday, a bill by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, creating a limited study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on intractable seizures cleared its first hurdle.

House Health Subcommittee members voted down the medical marijuana bill 6-2.

But the separate Carter measure authorizing a four-year study to determine if cannabidiol oil indeed works on some types of seizures passed on a voice vote.

"I want the state of Tennessee to empirically determine whether it works or does not work," Carter told the panel.

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