Compassion for the sick, or indignity for the poor?
Today we found out why Tennessee legislators couldn’t find time to pass a medical marijuana law: they were too busy insulting the poor. Two weeks ago, a hearing on a medical marijuana bill never got started because no Democrat showed up for the hearing, and Republicans in the room refused to call a motion to discuss it.
Yesterday though, on the last day of session when time is scarce and important bills are facing last minute deadlines, your elected officials found time to debate and pass a bill that forces Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients to pee in a cup and pay to do that themselves. Apparently, during the debate, no one bothered to discuss the fact that bills like SB 2580 have been found unconstitutional or that they cost more money than they save.
While medical marijuana legislation did get a hearing in the House, the disgraceful way legislators chose to close the session shows we still have a long way to go. After you email Gov. Haslam to ask him to veto SB 2580, visit our “take action” page to learn about other ways you can get involved.