Medical marijuana advocate running for state House after 100 ‘likes’ on Facebook

David Michel of Telford, a leading advocate for legalization of medical marijuana in the Tri-Cities area, is running as an independent for the state House District 6 seat now held by Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Gray), according to the Johnson City Press.

For the past six months or longer, Michel has been the driving force behind the Tri-Cities chapter of Safe Access, a political action group dedicated to supporting medical marijuana reform.

…“My wife was like, ‘You need to run. You need to run.’ And her brother was saying, ‘You need to run for office. You don’t mind speaking to people and you’re willing to listen to people,’” Michel said.

“So I put on Facebook that they were wanting me to run (for state representative) and a bunch of people started responding. So I said, ‘If I get 100 likes (on the post)’ I’d do it. And I got it before the next day.”

Michel said he chose to run as an independent because he doesn’t “like partisan politics.”

“Partisan politics, to me is pathetic. It doesn’t help anybody,” Michel said.

… While discussing his likelihood of getting elected, Michel referenced a poll conducted Tuesday by Nashville-based WKRN that asked viewers, “Are you more likely to vote for a gubernatorial candidate who supports legalizing medical marijuana?”

Out of the 2,477 respondents, 78 percent responded “yes.”

If elected, Michel said infrastructure improvements and attracting more “blue-collar jobs” would also be priorities.

4 Responses to Medical marijuana advocate running for state House after 100 ‘likes’ on Facebook

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    That’s great, just as long as the good voters of the Sixth District be sure and send Micah back to the state house next November because he’s a gem.

  • Susan E Gingrich says:

    Exactly what other qualifications does he have to run for this office. Advocates don’t necessarily make good legislators.

  • Misty Partner says:

    As they say, a friend with weed is a friend indeed. All 100 of ‘em.

  • Tracey Black says:

    HI, I’m in district 1 in Chuckey, TN. I would very much like to find an advocacy group for medical marijuana in TN and see what I might be able to do to help. As a long time sufferer of intractable pain and so very tired of pharmaceuticals and the hoops we now have to jump through to obtain the proper medication in the proper dosage to give me some sort of quality of life. I understand that my doctor whom I’ve seen for over 10 years is afraid of losing his license or at the very least being put under a microscope for his prescribing practices I haven’t even asked to have my medication increased even though after 9 years it doesn’t relieve my pain the way it used to. I do not want to be pawned off to some pain clinic where the doctors don’t know me or my medical history. I’m 60 years old and I’m so tired of living with this pain. Everyone knows that marijuana is not addictive. It’s not alcohol which is very legal, kills people from various diseases and even kills others when those drinking decide to get behind the wheel of a car. It also makes people violent as do certain pharmaceuticals. What can we do to get this much needed natural substance available in our area?? Any information as to where I can turn would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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