Lee wants to ‘explore alternatives’ to medical marijuana legalization

Republican Gov. Bill Lee wants to “explore alternatives” before the state takes steps to legalize medical marijuana, WKRN-TV reports.

“I think we ought to expand the use of low-THC CBD oils first to alternative treatments before we go there,” said Lee said.

A renewed effort to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee would establish a framework to license growing and dispensing cannabis. Supporters note  that 33 states representing two-thirds of the national population have already enacted medical marijuana programs. They also argue legalization would lead to a significant drop in opioid abuse.

Recreational use would remain banned under this year’s bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) and Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma). The measure would require patients suffering from a specific set of maladies to obtain a cannabis card from a doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.

14 Responses to Lee wants to ‘explore alternatives’ to medical marijuana legalization

  • James White says:

    Please vote NO on Dope!

  • Lance Persson says:

    I support Governor Bill Lee on this. He is proposing a common sense approach to this problem. There is solid evidence that for certain serious ailments, marijuana derivatives can be the only effective remedy for certain cases of serious medical problems. The key is to establish a law that allows those in true need to get the medicine they need without opening the door to recreational use of marijuana.

  • Steve Scarborough says:

    It appears that Gov. Lee is in lock step with the for profit prison industry and the opioid pharmaceutical corporations and out of step with the majority of Tennesseans, who strongly support medical cannabis.

  • Fritz says:

    Marijuana is not safe. The side effects are numerous and severe. The benefits do not have solid clinical data to support use as a treatment. More study is needed in order to prevent a repeat of the opioid debacle.

    • David Collins says:

      Fritz: Please list all of these alleged “side effects and indicate which are to be considered “severe”. Also, please cite the source of these findings. I ask because all the studies I have read do not reach the same conclusions.

  • June landrum says:

    Med mar. Is supposedly great for seizures. Children need this. Many citizens need it for arthritic pain etc. please pass the use of med mar. This session.

  • Tom says:

    Medical cannabis has been demonstrated to be effective for many ailments, including chronic pain. Those that want CBD oil can already try it, so we should also provide a well thought out approach to medical cannabis as proposed in the Legislature. Those that claim marijuana is not safe and has serious side effects are willfully ignorant and repeating the same reefer madness propaganda we have endured for years.

    • MarLE says:

      Cocaine has been demonstrated effective for pain relief as well. And heroin has allowed cancer patients to function pain free even in advanced stages. The Beatles were very creative under opiates and hallucinogens. Ray Charles was a solvent, tax-paying citizen using heroin. Let’s just legalize all drugs that make people pain-free. That is the ultimate goal, right?

      • Bob Fischer says:

        It worked in Portugal.

        • MarLE says:

          Does Portugal have cradle to grave benefits for people too strung out on drugs? Do they have court mandated drug rehab, over and over and over again at taxpayer expense? Do they have 1/2 of their population earning so little they Do Not pay a Federal Income tax? I would like to live like an American does, not a like a citizen of Portugal does, BUT MINUS the tremendous cost of those who are dysfunctional, tax-payer-supported substance abusers.

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Legalize it, period. Without an income tax, we need the biggest tax base possible. If we are the first in the south, Tennessee will reap the windfall. It will also bring in tourists. Then maybe we’ll have the money to fix the road our republican administrations have let deteriorate. They are a statewide embarrassment.

  • Jay says:

    What a sad state of affairs we are in when we must ask permission from the government regarding what we can and cannot put in our own bodies.

    • MarLE says:

      The really sad state of affairs is that taxpayers end up paying for the consequence of what we put in our bodies. Get rid of taxpayers subsidizing ANY negative consequences resulting from substance use, dependence and abuse and I couldn’t care less what people put in their OWN BODIES. And btw, let me sue you for the skunk smell that makes being on an elevator with you, in an apartment adjacent to you, or are on public transportation closely confined with you nauseating….it skinks and most users reak of the stuff!!!!

  • Michael Lottman says:

    As with the need for expansion of Medicaid/TennCare, Gov. Lee wants to study the issue to death while the citizens of Tennessee suffer.

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