Coffee shop serves up CBD-oil infused lattes

Revelator Coffee Company began serving CBD oil-infused lattes in all four of its Birmingham locations on Monday, and has sold dozens of the drinks in the first two days.

The coffee shop charges $1 to add three drops of CBD oil to a drink. It's featured in the Golden Latte with Relyf CBD oil.

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which some people use as a treatment for physical ailments, is made from industrial hemp, which contains a tiny percentage of THC, the intoxicating substance found in marijuana.

CBD oil can also be derived from marijuana and the Alabama Legislature has allowed limited exceptions to the law against marijuana possession for the use of CBD oil.


Tennessee lawmaker proposes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

One state lawmaker said it's time to legalize recreational marijuana in Tennessee.

Recreational, let alone medical marijuana, are not yet legal in Tennessee.

"I think it's bad," said Christine Davis.

"I don't think recreational marijuana is nearly as dangerous as alcohol, which is already legal," said Kevin Papazian.

Sen. Sarah Kyle (D-District 30) of Memphis said now is the time for change. She's sponsoring a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

"My whole point of bringing a bill to have marijuana available just like any alcohol is available is to have the discussion," said Kyle.

Kyle said the change is necessary for criminal justice reform.


Two marijuana decriminalization bills introduced in Tennessee

Two marijuana decriminalization bills have been introduced by lawmakers in the Tennessee legislature, according to media reports. One would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of pot, while the other would protect holders of medical marijuana identification cards from other states. Both bills were sponsored in the Tennessee Senate by Democratic Sen. Sara Kyle and in the House of Representatives by fellow Democrat Rep. Gloria Johnson.


Tennessee lawmakers to introduce new, comprehensive medical marijuana bill

Two state lawmakers in Tennessee announced on Thursday that they plan to introduce a comprehensive medical marijuana legalization bill. Sen. Janice Bowling and Rep. Ron Travis plan to introduce the bill in the coming weeks, according to media reports.

Bowling said in a press release that she believes cannabis can be part of the solution to the nationwide epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.


This Nashville family is pushing for medical marijuana for their epileptic son

Nothing has worked as well as cannabis oil in reducing the seizures experienced by this Nashville family's son. The only problem is that Tennessee's strict cannabis laws are making it extremely difficult for their son to reap the benefits of medical marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes. 


TN lawmaker believes Medical marijuana bill will pass next year, help combat opioid crisis

A new medical marijuana bill will be proposed in the 2019 legislative session. Its co-sponsor believes the bill has a better chance of passing than in years past. 

State Senator Dr. Steve Dickerson has co-sponsored five medical marijuana bills in the Tennessee legislature. He says this new bill has a better chance at passing, in part because of Governor-Elect Bill Lee. 

Lee has expressed some concern about medical marijuana but also, appears to be open to the prospect. 

"For me, the data is not substantive enough to show that medical marijuana is the right approach right now," Lee said in News 2's Governor's debate with Karl Dean. "But if the people of Tennessee brought that and the data proved it, I would consider signing that bill if it passed." 


Hemp may be next big legal cash crop in Tennessee

Who says money doesn't grow on trees? Just ask some of the growing number of hemp farmers planting in Tennessee.

Many believe hemp is on the verge of becoming the state's next big cash crop. Go to a hemp farm and the plants literally glisten in the warm, fall sun, swaying in the breeze. "This looks like marijuana. It's pretty, isn't it," said grower, Clint Palmer.

It's hemp, and at long last many believe this is heir apparent to Tennessee tobacco. The crop is mature and ready for harvest.  "Is this the next big cash crop?" NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres asked. "One hundred percent, no way around it," said Palmer.


Tennessee Hemp Supply adds Clarksville business location

A new Clarksville businessis promoting natural "Tennessee-grown" wellness through the healing properties of hemp, minus the "high" associated with extracts for marijuana use.

The products retailed at Tennessee Hemp Supply, 2680 Trenton Road, are safe, proven and legal, says Trinity Mealor, president and CEO.

The chief ingredient and common denominator in Tennessee Hemp Supply's wide range of natural health products is CBD, short for Cannabidiol, which is extracted from hemp.

"We're trying to focus our attention on educating the community on the benefits and applications of CBD," Mealor said. "CBD is an active chemical compound that's found in the cannabis plant, and these are all good, effective products.


Researchers say cannabis can benefit people with multiple sclerosis

After a review of scientific studies, researchers say extracts from marijuana plants can help treat pain and spasticity symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis. A systematic review recently presented at the Consortium of MS Centers in Tennessee has concluded that cannabinoids may have “modest effects in multiple sclerosis for pain or spasticity.”

Researchers looked at the safety and effectiveness of cannabis as well as studying its impact on disability and disability progression, pain, spasticity, bladder function, tremor/ataxia, quality of life, and adverse effects. Five reviews concluded that there was sufficient evidence that cannabinoids may be beneficial for symptoms of pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS).


Tennessee medical marijuana bill dead for the year

One of the lead sponsors of a medical-marijuana bill in Tennessee withdrew the measure Tuesday after telling fellow lawmakers the legislation has been so watered down that passing it would actually harm rather than help patients.

Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Republican from Nashville who is also a medical doctor, said he worried that passing the bill as amended would only forestall the full legalization of medical marijuana in Tennessee. The lawmaker told his colleagues that he's committed to the proposition that medical marijuana is a medication that helps people with many ailments.

Dickerson promised to be back next year with a more permissive bill that would allow for the growing, processing, dispensing, regulation, and taxation of cannabis.


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