Task Force to Examine Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

A task force consisting of state senators and representatives will soon take a harder look at issues around medical marijuana in Tennessee.

Lt. Governor Randy McNally and speaker Beth Harwell are responsible for appointing lawmakers to the task force. McNally expects those appointments to be made in July.

Rep. Jeremy Faison introduced a bill for medical marijuana in February. He’s optimistic that this joint task force will help both educate the general public on the science of medical marijuana as well as educate lawmakers on the extent of the support to medical marijuana in Tennessee.

“Tennessee has done a great disservice to a lot of people by not allowing them access to a plant that God gave us,” Faison said. “I know and I’ve seen the science of what this plant can do and I’m hoping to bring in professionals from all over the world to be able to share.”

The task force will likely consist of five or six members from both the House and the Senate. Although Lt. Gov McNally said that no one has been appointed, Faison says the task force will include the chairman of both the criminal justice and health committees from both chambers.

Faison says that the task force will hold three public meetings. The first will be in Nashville in September, the second in Knoxville in October and lastly Memphis is November.

The task force will make a recommendation which will be presented to the general assembly in January.

Faison also says that given polling information showing the majority of Tennesseans favor allowing medical marijuana, the topic will be a central issue in 2018 elections.

“You’re going to see that people in Tennessee are ready for it, even more now than ever before,” Faison said. “When my colleagues see polling numbers that 75 to 78 percent of their Republican primary voters believe that we need this, they’re going to be like ‘holy smokes, we don’t have 75 percent of people agree on anything.’ When they see these polling numbers, they’re going to get on board.”

Source article from 420intel.

2 Responses to Task Force to Examine Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

  • I believe the legalization of medical marijuana would be a good idea for Tennesseans. I have to go to a pain management facility due to medical conditions that can only be controlled by pain medications, muscle relaxers, anti-depressants and anxiety medications. Even with this pharmaceutical regimen, I still have times where they aren’t enough and I still hurt. It has affected my life in so many negative ways. I’m not as active or happy as I was several years ago.
    On my last visit to pain management it was brought to my attention guidelines are now being put into place where I have to stop taking anxiety medications or pain medications. I can only take one or the other. Anyone living with chronic pain understands that pain, anxiety and depression go hand in hand. As if my quality-of-life isn’t bad enough, now it’s going to get worse.
    I believe medical marijuana would relieve several of my issues and reduce or eliminate some of the medications I rely on just to get through the day. It would help control my pain thereby reducing the amount of opioids that I take. I believe it would help the anxiety that I deal with thereby reducing or eliminating the anxiety medications. If my pain and anxiety are relieved or reduced, maybe that would reduce my depression and reduce or illuminate that medication as well. All I want is to have a normal life with my family and be able to do and enjoy the things we used to do.
    Please consider the benefits associated with legalizing medical marijuana for people such as myself. If this provides the opportunity to reduce the opioids and anxiety medications that people take trying to lead a normal life, it would be worth it.

    Thank you for reading my story and considering my feelings as a registered Tennessee voter.

    Tammy Wendel

  • Hopefully Susan Daniel will be able to write that article we’ve all been waiting for, the one informing us of the amount of contributions our congressional and senatorial representatives have received from the large drug companies to support an anti-cannabis bias, as compared to the amounts from other sources…….. I’ve heard statistics regarding the number of drug company lobbyists that roam the halls of government in Washington, D.C., and it is in the hundreds.
    On the other hand, statistically, we likely can assume many of those hesitant legislators will eventually be in a medical situation where cannabis can be of substantial value to them, and they might finally learn the reality of the situation……. i.e. that cannabis is medicine.

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