Susan Daniel

Norml Tennessean’s Prohibition Horror Stories: “Emily”

The lack of a real medical cannabis program in Tennessee seriously harms Tennesseans, and it needs to stop.

Tennessee NORML is sharing personal stories of Tennesseans whom have been or currently are being harmed by the lack of a compassionate medical cannabis program here. If you are interested in sharing your story, even anonymously, message the page.

Meet “Emily” (name has been changed for privacy) a Tennessee resident who is currently actively being harmed by the lack of a medical cannabis program here. She tells us:

“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at age 16, and the doctors put me on 300mg of Tramadol a day. Within a year and a half, they bumped me up to Norco 750 mg 3 times a day. I was full fledge addicted to them within months.

Up till that point, I had never experimented with any drugs, I had never even smoked a cigarette……yet… Continue reading

DOJ Task Force Recommends Against Attacking State Marijuana Laws 

The task force –  whose recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions – asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue.

“The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses”, says Don Myrphy, who’s the director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project. “In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer.”

 

Murphy continues; “The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference.”

According to an April pollconducted by Quinnipiac University, 735 of U.S. voters “oppose government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or… Continue reading

Tennesseans that Qualify as Medical Cannabis Patients: Jennifer’s Story

The lack of a medical cannabis program in Tennessee is literally wrecking potential patient’s lives, not just their health.

It’s unfair that medicating with cannabis will automatically criminalize a person in Tennessee, causing the potential loss of jobs, children, homes and even one’s freedom.

It’s even more unfair to see that very same patient who is being persecuted in Tennessee for using cannabis as medicine, be told they’re qualified to be enrolled in a medical cannabis program in Arkansas or any other legal state. In that case, their right to medicate with cannabis would be afforded legal protections, rather than them being persecuted for it’s use as we Tennesseans are.

Meet Jennifer, a Tennessean who needs a medical cannabis program here. Cannabis has been the only medicine that helps her myriad of physical and mental issues without ruining her quality of life, or putting her in danger of addiction issues… Continue reading

How Does Medical Cannabis Interact With The Immune System? 

Medical cannabis has proven helpful in assisting patients with various diseases, disorders, and maladies since its first uses in ancient times.

With increasing acceptance and legality throughout the United States, México, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, medical cannabis and cannabis extracts are being recommended by medical professionals along with more traditional treatments. At the root of medical cannabis’ ability to help with difficult, painful symptoms and side effects is the endocannabinoid system and its interaction with the human immune system. An understanding of this interaction is a critical part of understanding how medical cannabis can decrease these symptoms and promote healthy change or homeostasis within the human body and mind.

What is the Immune System & What Does It Do?

The immune system is an integral, working part of every human body, and is made up of two parts: the innate immune system… Continue reading

Above 90% Support for Cannabis Legalization in Polls

As many of you are aware, there were 4 different cannabis legalization polls shared on the Tennessee NORML Facebook page yesterday. Two were from Nashville, one was from East Tennessee and one was a national poll by MSNBC. (All 4 polls are still active and available on our FB page timeline.)

As of 7:45 am on 8/3/17 these are the most current results:

The Wkrn poll is currently at 91.53% for legalization. There were 10,693 yes votes and 483 no votes.

The Newschannel 5 poll is standing at 7,600+ yes votes and 325 no votes.

The East Tennessee poll by WLVT 8 is standing at 1,700+ yes votes and 112 no votes.

The MSNBC poll is showing 90% yes votes.
The tide of support for legalization has become a tsunami!!! What do you think about this turn of events, especially the fact that the TN numbers are so similar to… Continue reading

Cannabis Works As An Exit Drug From Pain Medications

Zara Abas has epilepsy and went through seizures multiple times a day throughout her life, despite taking four different prescriptions. A few years ago she tried medical cannabis to combat the seizures on the advice of her doctor. She had never tried marijuana before, but it didn’t take long to see results.

Three days of cannabis and her seizures had stopped completely.

Cannabis was a last result for Abas, who was scared by all the misinformation about the plant, misinformation that made it out to be a hard drug and to be avoided at all costs. Reefer madness is still alive and well, but all’s it takes is a little truth to stop it in its tracks. Abas tried it because it had come down to either brain surgery or try pot first. It was weed for the win.

Now 30 years old, Abas has taken up the cannabis cause… Continue reading

Roger Stone and John Morgan Partner Up to Decriminalize Cannabis

An unlikely pair have teamed up in hopes of swaying President Trump into decriminalizing cannabis across the nation. Roger Stone, a strategist, lobbyist, political consultant and friend of Trump has joined up with Florida attorney John Morgan – who helped to fund and push Amendment 2 to the polls until it passed – to create the U.S. Cannabis Coalition. By creating the organization, the two are able to officially lobby against the government on the issue.

“Medical marijuana is now a consensus issue in the United States,” Stone said. “And recreational marijuana is headed that way.”

John Morgan has been an advocate for medical marijuana and the decriminalization/legalization of cannabis in general for quite some time now. He has been outspoken about the issue for years and has even said that if he were to decide to run for Florida Governor (as many have proposed he should) that decriminalizing cannabis… Continue reading