TN: Marijuana extract now 'legal,' but can you get it?

CBD oil to treat severe epilepsy legalized in Tennessee, but state and federal laws conflict

For two Clarksville moms, Felicia Harris (left, with daughter, Lexy) and Melissa Macomber (right, with daughter Madison), a bill allowing the use of a marijuana extract, CBD, for use in treating severe childhood epilepsy, is a lifesaver, but conflicting laws mean getting CBD still fraught with risk.(Photo: THE LEAF-CHRONICLE/PHILIP GREY)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The cause of medicinal marijuana seemingly took a step forward in Tennessee this month when Gov. Bill Haslam signed a measure making an extract of marijuana legal for use in treating intractable epileptic seizures.

Initially, the legalization of non-intoxicating cannabidiol oil (CBD) was sought for child victims of particularly severe forms of epilepsy, but the final version of the bill has made CBD available for anyone suffering from debilitating seizures.

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