Industrial hemp seed inches closer to TN farmers' hands

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received word from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that its registration to import hemp seed has been approved.

This follows months of discussion between the two agencies about Tennessee’s industrial hemp pilot program that have farmers unsure they’ll get the hemp seed in time to plant a crop. The good news is no additional restrictions have been set on the program regarding acreage or number of participants, said Corinne Gould, a state spokeswoman.

Tennessee’s initial applications totaled more than 2,100 acres by 53 growers, far exceeding those from nearby states like Kentucky that have launched similar programs.

More regulatory approvals are still needed.


Marijuana means big business for Nashville plant tracker

Nashvillian Scott Denholm is executive director of Metrc, a tech business that tracks every cannabis plant in Colorado from seed to sale. With more states considering legalization, the growth opportunities are vast.

For years, Nashvillian Scott Denholm has tracked the travel and sale of fruits and vegetables, packages of pharmaceuticals, even the parts of race cars. Now he is focused on tracking a plant that has captured the attention of millions of Americans: cannabis.


GOP medical marijuana bill for Tennessee delayed until next year

The Senate health committee decided to delay action on a GOP-backed medical marijuana bill for Tennessee.

A Republican-backed effort to legalize marijuana for limited medicinal purposes in Tennessee is officially dead for the year.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee decided to delay action on the proposal from Nashville GOP Sen. Steve Dickerson until 2016.

Chairman Rusty Crowe said there wasn't enough time to fully discuss the pros and cons of the bill. He said he'd create a summer study commission to look at the bill.

Dickerson didn't seem happy with the decision, but said he deferred to Crowe's opinion.

"I believe this is a conservative bill; it's equally based in compassion and science," Dickerson, an anesthesiologist, told the committee.


Bill aims to legalize use of cannabis oil by suffering Tennesseans

Sporting a pale pink helmet and flanked by her faithful German shepherd, 5-year-old Cora Vowell looks ready to hop on a tricycle, or maybe go barreling headfirst into a backyard football game.

But Cora cannot ride her bike or play sports.The helmet is part of her everyday outfit, protecting her head against the nine to 12 seizures that batter her body each day. Her German shepherd, Hulk, is a therapy dog, trained to alert Cora's parents when the seizures start.

Brought on by an accident more than a year ago, those seizures are a constant in the family's life — so frequent that her mother, Melissa Vowell, doesn't even break conversation as she swiftly reacts to one of her daughter's brief episodes, holding her close until it passes.


TN: Marijuana decriminalization bill passes House committee


A marijuana decriminalization bill passed out of a House committee on Wednesday.

Some Tennessee lawmakers hope the bill will make a big difference when it comes to issuing jail time and fines for those possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, must now pass a Senate committee.

As the law stands now, anyone who is in possession of a half-ounce up to 10 pounds of marijuana faces the same crime.

The new bill would increase the possession amount to a minimum of one ounce. Instead of a felony, the crime would be a misdemeanor with a $100 fine for each violation.



Advocates sobered by TN medical marijuana bill language

Many advocates were ready to support – until they found out what’s in it

In Jan. 2014, Bernie Ellis takes questions during a “lobby day” at the state legislature after briefing supporters who came find out what they could do to help get medical marijuana legalized in Tennessee.(Photo: Larry McCormack / THE TENNESSEAN)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – They didn’t have to pass it to find out what’s in it, but some advocates of medical marijuana were wondering if passing the Republican version was worth the wait after the legislation made it to the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Leaf-Chronicle received a PDF copy of the legislation early Tuesday morning.


LEDs have the potential to change how crops are grown

The use of LEDs to provide specific light wavelengths could allow growers to increase nutritional values of edible crops, enhance the intensity of foliage and flower color and improve the postharvest longevity of ornamental and edible crops.

Improvement in the light intensity delivered by light emitting diodes (LEDs) is helping to expand their use for the production of both edible and ornamental crops. Research with LEDs has been going on for about 30 years. Only within the last 10 years have increases in the light intensities of LEDs allowed researchers to study the direct effects of narrow wave bands of light on plant physiology.


Marijuana bills gaining some traction in Tennessee

Recent polling by Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt Universities indicate three of four Tennesseans support legalization in some form

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Even as three U.S. Senators, including Kentucky's Rand Paul, offered up a bill in Washington to protect patients, doctors and businesses from federal prosecution in states with active medical marijuana laws, the pace of legislation in Tennessee has remained cautious.

On Tuesday, Rep. Jeremy Faison's (R-Cosby) bill to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes passed through the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, but not without needing an amendment requiring a doctor's letter for patients requesting the treatment.


Tennessee House Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Oil

A bill to legalize cannabis oil in Tennessee for medical purposes passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, but it did so with a slight change.

The bill, from Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee with a few amendments. It now requires someone who wants to use the oil to have a letter from a doctor saying the person who needs the oil suffers from seizures.


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