Tenn. Code § 68-7-101

Current through Acts 2023-2024, ch. 963
Section 68-7-101 - Chapter definitions

For purposes of this chapter:

(1) "Bona fide practitioner-patient relationship" means a practitioner and patient have a treatment or consulting relationship, during the course of which the practitioner has completed an assessment of the patient's medical history and current medical disease or condition, including an appropriate examination and confirmation of the patient having a qualifying medical disease or condition;
(2) "Commission" means the medical cannabis commission;
(3) "Medical cannabis program":
(A) Means a program that authorizes the licensing or regulation of the cultivation, processing, shipping, or distribution of cannabis for medical use; and
(B) Does not include a four-year public or private institution of higher education operating pursuant to § 39-17-402(16)(E);
(4) "Practitioner" means a physician who is licensed to practice medicine in this state pursuant to title 63, chapter 6, or osteopathic medicine in this state pursuant to title 63, chapter 9;
(5) "Qualifying medical disease or condition" means:
(A) Alzheimer's disease;
(B) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS);
(C) Cancer, when such disease is diagnosed as end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness, recalcitrant nausea and vomiting, or pain;
(D) Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis;
(E) Epilepsy or seizures;
(F) Multiple sclerosis;
(G) Parkinson's disease;
(H) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); or
(I) Sickle cell disease; and
(6) "Valid letter of attestation" means a letter signed and dated by a practitioner with whom the patient has a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship, that:
(A) Attests that the patient has a qualifying medical disease or condition;
(B) Specifies the patient's qualifying medical disease or condition;
(C) Attests that the patient has received conventional methods of treatment for the patient's qualifying medical disease or condition and those methods have insufficiently addressed the patient's disease or condition, or symptoms of the disease or condition; and
(D) Is only valid six (6) months from the date of the practitioner's signature, or to a date certain that is less than six (6) months from the date of the signature if specified by the practitioner.

T.C.A. § 68-7-101

Added by 2021 Tenn. Acts, ch. 577, s 1, eff. 5/27/2021.