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Baron23

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"Harwell, who is running for governor next year, has said her views on medical marijuana have evolved since her sister used it in place of opioids to treat pain from a broken back."

So, just how fucking self-centered do you have to be to oppose something...well, until YOU need it (or your sister).

She should be embarrassed to make this statement.


A hold-out Dixie state has set up a panel to consider medical marijuana
Next year is the earliest legislation could be taken up

Published: Aug 29, 2017, 8:49 am • Updated: about 4 hours ago Comments (1)

By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Legislative leaders are setting up a special committee to examine whether medical marijuana should be legalized in Tennessee.

WKRN-TV reports that the panel appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville and Senate Speaker Randy McNally of Oak Ridge includes eight Republicans and two Democrats. The panel is co-chaired by Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby and Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville, two Republicans who this year sponsored unsuccessful medical marijuana legislation.

The committee can only make recommendations, and next year is the earliest legislation could be taken up.

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Harwell, who is running for governor next year, has said her views on medical marijuana have evolved since her sister used it in place of opioids to treat pain from a broken back.

 

CybrGuy

Well-Known Member
"Harwell, who is running for governor next year, has said her views on medical marijuana have evolved since her sister used it in place of opioids to treat pain from a broken back."

So, just how fucking self-centered do you have to be to oppose something...well, until YOU need it (or your sister).

She should be embarrassed to make this statement.
While I partially agree with you and I find it frustrating when a politico changes their mind because it suddenly effects them, this is not like changing your mind on gay marriage because your daughter/son came out (Cheney). In this case seeing her sister actually getting pain reduction in the real world from cannabis consumption may have been an awakening for her that IT REALLY WORKS instead of being an "excuse" for legalizing. I really think many people don't realize that the medicinal benefits for cannabis are real. I don't know about this particular politico, but it is certainly a widely held belief among detractors that medical cannabis is just a bogus trojan horse. That is where education is the only way forward. It seems to me.
 

Baron23

Well-Known Member

Medical cannabis effort fails in Tennessee as Senate sponsor halts bill


The sponsor of a bill that would legally allow some Tennesseans to use medical cannabis killed the proposal Tuesday.

Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, said he did not have the support to advance the measure in the upper chamber.

"Unfortunately, I do not have the votes," Dickerson said.

"Instead of dragging this out interminably ... I think the better decision at this point is to put it in the general sub for the summer" he said, referring to the place where legislation dies.

Dickerson said he was making the decision despite weeks of work on the bill in the House.

Last week, a House committee approved an amended version of the bill that would give those suffering from roughly a dozen maladies a legal defense if they are arrested and prosecuted for having cannabis, provided they have a doctor’s note.

The Senate version would have required eligible patients to obtain registration cards to legally have cannabis while also creating a new state board.

Dickerson said he favored the originally drafted bill over the amended version, which he said would have a negative impact on residents.

"I fear that if we passed the water-down version of this bill, it would essentially forestall any efforts to have a much more widespread, much more thoughtful legislative construct for several years."

The senator said that the House version of the bill did not allow patients to legally obtain medical cannabis, nor provide the state an opportunity to tax and regulate it.

"It sort of encourages individuals possibly to go out of state and transport this across state lines, which I would think is probably against federal, if not state, law," he said.

The bill's House sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, did not immediately respond to a request for comment but reacted to Dickerson's decision on social media.

"Sometimes you get to plant. Sometimes you get to water. Sometimes you get to harvest. I would love to be able to harvest but for right now, the TN Senate only wants planting and watering," Faison said on Twitter. "Medical Cannabis is coming to Murica regardless of the naysayers."

Dickerson's move came hours after he told the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee that he was uncertain about the bill's future.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, previously expressed skepticism about the bill's prospects in the Senate.

Shortly after Dickerson announced his decision in committee, McNally issued a statement saying the way the House changed the measure left the Nashville lawmaker "with limited options on how to proceed."

"I look forward to continued debate and discussion on this issue in the years to come," McNally said. "I am confident this issue will remain a contentious one."

In her own statement, House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, who backed the bill and cast a tie-breaking vote to keep it alive, said, "I knew this bill would have an uphill battle but I am glad it advanced further than ever before."

As Dickerson briefly discussed the bill in committee, he said he was encouraged by a recently released study that found in states that had marijuana dispensaries, opioid prescriptions declined.

"I'm committed to the proposition that cannabis is a medication and it can be substituted for other medications that are much more dangerous," he said, vowing to continue to advance the issue in future legislative sessions.

The bill has drawn considerable interest this year, with advocates arguing medical cannabis can be used to help fight the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as offer patients suffering from a host of medical issues an alternate treatment.

But opponents say that loosening the state’s ban on all forms of marijuana would be a safety risk.

Proponents of the measure were optimistic about the bill's chances this year, given Harwell's backing of it, the fact that so many legislators are not seeking re-election and rising public support.
 

momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
:dog:

Tennessee state pension fund invested in marijuana industry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they weren’t aware that the state’s pension fund invested stock in a marijuana industry company, despite the state’s opposition to legalizing any usage of marijuana.

The Times Free Press reports The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System passively invested in the San Diego based marijuana company through a small-company stock index.

Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard says he didn’t know about the investment until the Chicago Sun-Times contacted him asking for information. He says he ordered the pension fund managers to sell the stock.

Senate Finance Chairman Bo Watson says the investment is contradictory and confusing to the public. Rep. Jeremy Faison says the stock is on the rise and questions the decision to sell the stock.

Lillard says they’ll have to review the process on purchasing indexes.
 

Madri-Gal

Well-Known Member
:dog:

Tennessee state pension fund invested in marijuana industry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they weren’t aware that the state’s pension fund invested stock in a marijuana industry company, despite the state’s opposition to legalizing any usage of marijuana.

The Times Free Press reports The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System passively invested in the San Diego based marijuana company through a small-company stock index.

Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard says he didn’t know about the investment until the Chicago Sun-Times contacted him asking for information. He says he ordered the pension fund managers to sell the stock.

Senate Finance Chairman Bo Watson says the investment is contradictory and confusing to the public. Rep. Jeremy Faison says the stock is on the rise and questions the decision to sell the stock.

Lillard says they’ll have to review the process on purchasing indexes.
So, you know, it's hypocritical and we should sell...but it's making money...so...
 

Baron23

Well-Known Member
Tennessee's new tool allows authorities to differentiate hemp from high-THC cannabis

After facing a load of approximately 10,000 cannabis-related cases to process, the state of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has established a two-step system of testing the product for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a cannabis compound that causes intoxication — that takes just minutes.

Any cannabis containing more than 0.3 per cent of THC, which is the legal cut off point for whether the plant is defined as hemp, is considered illegal under federal and state law.
Both medical and adult-use cannabis are prohibited in Tennessee, with those convicted of possession risking a fine of at least $250 and up to a year in jail.
Although the test itself — a simple colour test — takes minutes to complete, clearing the backlog could take months.
“It is the same plant, it is the same species. It looks the same, feels the same and reacts the same to a lot of field color tests,” Mike Lyttle, TBI Assistant Director, Forensic Sciences Division, told WSMV News. “This has been one of the greatest challenges in forensic science over the last couple of years, how do you tell the difference between marijuana and hemp?”
Already overwhelmed with testing cannabis flower, the TBI is also responsible for testing products like vape cartridges, edibles, and “harder” drugs such as methamphetamine and opioids.
Hemp became officially legal on a federal level in the U.S. in December 2018 with the passing of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The bill “legalizes industrial hemp that has tetrahydrocannabinol of no more than 0.3 per cent by removing it from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act,” and grants hemp producers eligibility for resourced such as USDA research grants and federal crop insurance programs.
The bill has caused confusion in various states such as Texas, where authorities lack the resources to differentiate between hemp and high-THC cannabis — effectively decriminalizing the drug.
 

momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
New Tennessee Policy May Allow More State Residents To Consume Marijuana

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will no longer test cannabis amounts weighing less than half an ounce.
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Tennessee legislators can’t get medical marijuana legislation passed to save their lives, but the state’s Bureau of Investigation has announced a new policy that may make it easier on cannabis consumers. The agency will stop testing quantities of marijuana that are under half an ounce.

The shift will supposedly make it prohibitively difficult for prosecutors to build a case against individuals charged with cannabis possession. Without evidence that the substance carried by individuals is cannabis, cops won’t have much to work with.

But as a local news site reports, not everyone is enthused the shift. “This is not necessarily something that should give us any hope,” said Josh Spickler, executive director of justice reform group Just City. “We don’t have decriminalization. It is still a crime, and our police department has been very clear that they pursue arrests for possession of this drug.”

Criminal defense lawyer Brandon Hall says the new 14-gram cutoff may result in more people charged with cannabis offenses opting to go to trial rather than plead guilty.


“It would result in a dismissal because they could not meet their burden of proof to show that the drug, the alleged marijuana, actually contained THC,” Hall said. Currently, the attorney says that not too many possession cases make it to trial, and that the state tries to take care of them before they make it that far.

Despite many pieces of proposed cannabis legislation, Tennessee continues to be a state without legal access to recreational or even medical marijuana. In 2019, for the third consecutive year, a medical cannabis bill went nowhere. Republican state senator and anesthesiologist Steve Dickerson has sponsored the failed plans. He says he will try again next year, when he will hopefully be able to pull together more votes in support of medical cannabis access. Dickerson says the plan is “on the precipice of success,” although it cannot be considered until 2020.

The drag on legalization of even medicinal marijuana runs contrary to the wishes of a lot of state residents. A poll with results published in September found that a full 88 percent of respondents in the Tennessee state capital of Chattanooga were in favor of legalizing medicinal cannabis, and 40 percent thought that recreational marijuana should also be regulated.


Tennessee has also seen a rapid expansion in its hemp industry, with the quantity of licensed farmers expanding by almost 1,500 percent in 2019. Many of those, however, have expressed uncertainty about who will buy their crop when it is ready to be processed. Cooperatives have sprung up to help connect producers with suppliers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced in September that it had developed a minutes-long lab process that could tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The technology will reportedly assist the agency in processing its current caseload of 10,000 cannabis-related offenses. But happily, thanks to the bureau’s recent memo, it appears that the technology will not be used anytime soon for individuals carrying around a respectable amount of weed.
 

momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
Man arrested for smoking marijuana cigarette in courtroom


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Spencer Boston was charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)


LEBANON, TN (WSMV) - A man making a court appearance on a charge of simple possession was arrested on Monday after lighting a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom.


Spencer Boston was called to discuss his case before General Sessions Judge Haywood Barry. Spencer was talking about how marijuana needed to be legalized. He reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette. He placed it in his mouth, then pulled out a book of matches and lit it and began to smoke the rolled cigarette. The cigarette gave off the odor of burning marijuana.

The courtroom erupted into laughter at Spencer’s action, disrupting the normal daily activity in the court. Spencer was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession of a Schedule VI drug.
 

Madri-Gal

Well-Known Member
Man arrested for smoking marijuana cigarette in courtroom


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Spencer Boston was charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)


LEBANON, TN (WSMV) - A man making a court appearance on a charge of simple possession was arrested on Monday after lighting a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom.


Spencer Boston was called to discuss his case before General Sessions Judge Haywood Barry. Spencer was talking about how marijuana needed to be legalized. He reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette. He placed it in his mouth, then pulled out a book of matches and lit it and began to smoke the rolled cigarette. The cigarette gave off the odor of burning marijuana.

The courtroom erupted into laughter at Spencer’s action, disrupting the normal daily activity in the court. Spencer was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession of a Schedule VI drug.
When I lived in Kentucky, there was a charming expression that I heard from time to time. It went something like this, "There ain't no cure for stupid". After reading this, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be also true in neighboring Tennessee.
 

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