Call to Action

As the legislative session unfolds and bills go to committees and sub-committees, we will ask supporters to contact their legislators about specifics. Please add your info to our database and we will contact you when we need your direct support.  We need your address to determine your State Representative and State Senator.  You do not need to give us your last name. Thank you and keep the faith!

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21 Responses to Call to Action

  • I am for legalizing cannabis in all forms for adults who are 21years of age or older. Too many people in jails for nothing that’s not harmful to anyone except those who created the laws that keep them from making money off of the hardworking citizens who are not commiting any crimes of moral turpitude. Its time to move forward. Our lives are too short and we should spend more time on living freely as this country was founded on.
    Legalize marijuana for everyone’s sake. Tennessee stand up!

  • I want the best for myself, my loved ones, and you and yours! I want the best for my state and my country. I also want something FROM my country. I want honesty. I want justice. I want common sense and compassion. So I work and I fight for legalization.

  • It is time for a change and Tennessee better wake up. As you can see legalization has become the future in business today. More states wanting to end prohibition and the nonsense marijuana laws wasted on the taxpayers to throw someone in jail for smoking pot. They are still in the war on marijuana and frankly their is no change. The state is broke and Obama has failed this country with false ideas to improve our economy, yet I have no seen it in action. I say it’s time to legalize marijuana for a better future.

  • I am currently 5 years on 40 35 313 expungeable probation for the cultivation of 16 mature plants. I was charged under Tennessee law as cultivation between 20 – 99 plants, due to clones and seedlings. There is no distinction in Tennessee law between a mature plant bearing weight (mature plants indoors typically yield up to 3 ounces, outdoor plants can yield a pound or more) and a seedling or clone. The 20 – 99 plant manufacturing charge is a class C felony, however I received a drug free zone enhancement, making it a class B felony (homicide is class A). The drug free zone was due to a day care less than a thousand feet from my residence that was operating out of a home. I later found of that the day care watched only 4 kids, 2 of whom were family members of the operator. Thankfully I had a completely clean record prior to this bust and was able to qualify for a pretrial diversion, which will allow me to expunge the felony from my record after my 5 year probation sentence is served. If I had even a minor misdemeanor on my record I would have certainly served jail time and had a felony on my record for the rest of my life.

    I was relatively new to cultivation and had not previously been able to produce even a pound of dried bud. At the time I was busted I may have been able to possibly produce one pound from a 1000 watts of lights. Of course in court the arresting officers and DA painted me like some sort of drug kingpin. My dinky noob setup was made to look like a major “operation.” And I was made to look like a big time drug dealer. I did sell a bit to friends, all over the age of 21. But, for the most part I was growing for my own personal use. It takes up to 3 months to harvest less than a pound, and I could certainly consume that much marijuana by myself in that time. Marijuana is the most benign of all illicit drugs and is even more benign than many legal substances, most notably alcohol and tobacco, but also many prescribed medications as well. Aside from the fact that it is mostly benign for recreational use, it is asinine to neglect the efficacy of it’s many medicinal applications. I hope that Tennessee will one day join the ranks of nearly half the US that now has either legalization, medicinal, or decriminalized marijuana reform laws. The money being spent to police, prosecute, and incarcerate/supervise people like me is money better spent elsewhere. Since my conviction I returned to school and I’m now well on my way to a B.S. in electrical engineering. People who consume cannabis are not all burned out stoners with no drive or ambition. More often than not we are productive members of society who have simply found and alternative way to relax or medicate. I hope this state will see change soon.

  • I understand the fight for both medical & recreational cannabis going on, and I fully support it. but it seems like more people would be protected by doing away with invasive and nonproductive random workplace testing. as it is, companies routinely discipline/discharge people for using the most benign drug on the planet. most other illegal drugs metabolize out of the body so quickly that testing for them is utterly useless.
    not so for the person that uses cannabis medicinally or to unwind, much as most of our parents had a cocktail or cold beer or two after a hard day in the salt mines. the “drug warriors” seem to have the mindset of “I;ve got mine, and i’ll be hanged if you ever get yours…” the hypocrisy is simply mindboggling. if you won’t be like them, they will do everything in their power to keep you out of the better jobs, and if you get one, they will do their best to see you escorted out the door regardless of how conscientious you were on the job.

  • Legal or not, I’ll still smoke.

    • I don’t know why its not already legal its just a plant you can smoke corn silk and get high are you gonna make corn illegal too. This is linked to the fact that it can be cultivated by an individual and if so in small quantities cant be taxed. Cannabis used to be one of the top cash crops in this country and at one point in the past was legal to use in public forum. Its time to stop putting such a stigma on a plant LEGALIZE ALREADY.

      • It’s not legal because people fail to acknowledge the legislation before them! 6,587 signatures by 5/18/15 and the bill goes on the front of every newsletter across the state!

    • Got that right!

  • Legal or not. I’ll still smoke.

  • I love NORML I’ve been following yall for several years through high times thank you for all your efforts over the years let me know how I can help you I don’t mind I’m not afraid to voice my opinion or show my face I’ve been a big closet grower for years i moved indoors full time when i bought my B.C.N.L. Bloom box i got to thank my rep Tod for helping me with all my growing need and all the staff from BCNL i just love the herb and its a medicine that god has designed specifically for us we need a cure not a treatment Tennessee is ready for this plus look at all the extra revenue this will generate for Tennessee we grow the best everything anyways why not cannabis

  • Where can I find meetings in Tennessee I saw one posted for 5/3, missed it… I work in Nashville, live in Maury Co. Thanks!

  • I have noticed one Major area That most people do not realize that Marijuana is like a lifeline to the People that suffer from ,and that is Parkinson Disease .I have had this crippling disease for 13years now,,I would not wish it on my worst enemy about 5 times a day I am basically parailzied, but I can smoke a joint and within minuets I am normal again I can walk ,even run. …. It makes me normal for 2-6 hours depending on the potency… So I SAY LEAGELIZE MARIJUANA FOR THE SAKE OF ALL PEOPLE WHO SUFFER WITHOUT IT;S GOD GIVEN HEALING ABILITIES…..AND GOD GAVE EVERY SEED BEARING PLANT AS MEAT FOR MAN TO EAT!!!!!!!!
    DeLynn Jordan
    Tazewell TN 37879

    • Hear, hear…… Understand that we are lied to by everyone from the day we are born, by parents, educators, preachers, all of them who don’t know, but they want you to act a certain way, as they tell you, do this, don’t do that, etc., etc., ….. think about it. Is cannabis medicine? You have only to look at the 1899 Merck Manual, which lists Cannabine Tannate Merck on page 26, listing it as a ‘hypnotic, sedative…. Uses: Hysteria,delirium, nervous insomnia, etc..” “Dose: 8-16 grn., at bedtime, in powd. with sugar. Max.D.: 24 grn.” And this first Merck Manual goes on to list over 30 therapeutic uses of the herb, and how it was used without any problems for over 30 years. That’s it… straight from Merck, who sold this medicine through pharmacies for years….. years my friends with no problems until a man named Harry Anslinger walked on stage. Please read the history as this is a classic example of a few powerful people pushing through a law, which in this instance the medical profession was not even consulted. See especially the report from India of 1895, as well as the LaGuardia NYC report of 1930, both of which showed no problems using cannabis as medicine in society. End of story….. legislators, please read this and realize the people have voted by their actions, now do your job and represent the people.

  • I just recently relocated to Tennessee. As a military veteran with PTSD, I greatly benefited from the use of medical cannabis when I lived in California, especially when compared to the side effects of the questionable synthetic drugs being pushed by the VA. I was fortunate enough to also work as an advocate with various veterans groups and doctors who used cannabis and cannabis-derived products to not only combat PTSD, but also chronic pain.

    As many as 30% of military members returning from the Middle East suffer from either chronic pain or PTSD as a result of their service. The typical protocol for those who go to the VA for help is a shopping bag full of opiates (oxycontin, vicodin, norco, etc) and ‘mood stabilizers’ that in most cases either glaze the veteran over or actually have the opposite effect. Many use the opiates to block the physical and emotional pain, increase their consumption, and run through their scripts early. They then look to score more illegally to continue to block the pain. Many then move on to heroin.

    So our government’s administration of narcotics is the gateway to addiction. Many of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day do so by overdosing on the very drugs given to them by the VA. I have personally worked with over 50 veterans who were able to cycle off of oral narcotics and mood stabilizers through the use of cannabis. Most at significant risk of suicide. Over and over, we heard “I have my life back.” Many ended up cycling OFF of cannabis since it is non-addictive and they were able to work through their internal wounds through the combination of cannabis and cognitive therapies.

    I worked with doctors at the University of Riverside, among others, in the pain management and psychology departments with very positive results. I have also worked with some of the top cannabis consulting firms who have brought positive change in Rhode Island, Delaware, Illinois, Nevada, Washington, and other states and can bring those relationships to bear. If you need assistance in this area of the battle for progress – pointing to the care of our wounded warriors in the Great State of Tennessee – then let me know and I am willing to help with the cause.

    • I will reply in the spirit of Lance C, as this is truth he speaks. To bring you up to date, recently it was reported that the use of these opiate medicines fortunately has declined in those states where cannabis is legal. And statistics regarding driving accidents and family abuse are also showing a reduction, contrary to the nay-sayers who call cannabis a ‘drug’, not a ‘medicine’. We know the violence alcohol produces, and we now have certain indications that cannabis use reduces this violence. Which brings up a very serious question: Is cannabis illegal because it contributes to less violence, a less ‘warring’ national posture, that would be inappropriate for the most warring nation of all history. What if cannabis use told citizens not to go to war, to stop fighting and killing all around the globe? What if? It is with shame that in my 80 years I’ve witnessed the killing produced by the United States, more bombing and killing than you can really ever imagine…. think about it…. Is it really all about the oil at this point, that we are facing either continued aggression, anywhere, with all our foreign military bases and aircraft carriers in every ocean, or, Zeus forbid, we could well face economic collapse from our government’s destruction of our currency and monetary system….. Hmm.. yes, indeed…..

  • PTSD is not just for vets, I also suffer from PTSD. I’m not a vet, cannibis has been my’savior for the last 8 years dealing with ones seizures. How ever I was busted with a very small amount of cannibis. Now I’m on probation, tested monthly. Cannot use cannibis. Being no more use of cannibis. I have 10+ seizures daily, many days 20+. Can’t chance being violated for the gram I was caught with. This state treated me like I was a meth user, being I had medicinal cannibis

  • I’m so tired of hearing that cannabis is a gateway drug. That is inaccurate, alcohol is the gateway drug but those companies that produce beer, bourbon, etc. have our politicians in their back pockets. How many people get high on weed and drive crazy, get into fights, go looking for illegal drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine? None, or the exceptionally rare individual, thats how many. Those are behaviors of someone who is drunk from drinking alcohol. Legalization will create jobs in TN and the taxation will create huge revenue as it has in states where marijuana is legal. Its truly a shame our politicians have their heads in the sand and are 40 years behind the times listening to the 75+ year old’s delusions regarding marijuana use. People need to become more educated about cannabis and discontinue harboring misconceptions from 40 years ago.

  • GOOD GRIEF!!! IT IS A WEED GROWING NATURALLY THAT GOD GAVE US!!! WE CAN SMOKE CORN SILK??? WE COULD SMOKE MAPLE LEAVES, MARIGOLD GREENS, OREGANO—–MOVE FORWARD TO BENEFIT EVERY AMERICAN THAT OBTAINS MUCH NEEDED HELP/ASSISTANCE/RELIEF FROM MARIJUANA—-GETTING THEM OFF ALL THE CHEMICALS FROM THESE TRILLION DOLLAR PHARM COMPANIES WHO WANT THE $$$$. THESE PHARMACEUTICALS ARE CHEMICALS WHICH INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER—–“MOOD-STABILIZERS, ANTI-ANXIETY AGENTS, SLEEPING PILLS—-COULD LIST HUNDREDS OF “PHARMA” CHEMICALS DOING MORE HARM———-IT IS NOT A GATEWAY DRUG ANYMORE THAN TYLENOL OR ADVIL!!! BUT DOCTORS PRESCRIBE THESE DANGEROUS ADDICTING DRUGS PUTTING AMERICANS INTO THIS “DRUG-HAZE”—–NO ONE….NOT ONE HAS DIED FROM MARIJUANA USE!!! LEGALIZE MARIJUANA….PERIOD. USE COLORADO AS EXAMPLE—HOW MUCH $$$$ THEY MADE & HOW MUCH THEY SAVED BY NOT THROWING EVERYONE SMOKING WEED IN JAIL

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