Dec 15 2016
08:09 am
By: WhitesCreek

The prescription opioid industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying against legal pot, medical and recreational, as have the for profit prison corporations. As opioid overdose deaths skyrocket in our state, I applaud the courage it takes to represent the people of Tennessee against powerful lobbying interests. remember that TN republicans blocked a referendum to let voters decide on recreational pot in the last election, even as 85% support medical pot and over 50% support complete legalization. It's time to stop making criminals of kids and veterans...and musicians.

Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby, who unsuccessfully pushed legislation last session to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Tennessee, say they’ll try again in 2017 with a modified bill. It allows marijuana to be used in treatment of specified ailments, upon a doctor’s recommendation, applies a state tax to sales and sets up a licensing system for growing and selling marijuana.

The two Republicans presented the proposal at a news conference Wednesday, flanked by supporters including retired police officers, children, veterans and musicians, reports The Tennessean.

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