Faison criticized for medical marijuana support by GOP challenger in House District 11

In a “spirited and at times heated debate,” House Government Operations Chairman Jeremy Faison was criticized on several matters by Greg Fodness, who is challenging him in in the House District 11 Republican primary, reports the Newport Plain Talk. One hot topic was Faison’s advocacy of legalizing medical marijuana in recent legislative sessions.

The house bill (sponsored by Faison) made it through two committees but never came under discussion in a senate committee (during the 2018 session).

Faison said he supports the legislation because he’s heard from so many constituents and others across the state in favor of legalizing the plant for medicinal purposes.

“As long as I’m Representative, I will do all I can to make sure sick people have the ability to have a product that is predictable and grown in a controlled environment,” said Faison, who noted that many FDA approved drugs are mind-altering and killing people. “We’ve been lied to for 80 years about the benefit of this plant, which offers health benefits that have been proven scientifically.”

Fodness, who stood in support with the Cocke County Commission’s resolution earlier this past February opposing Faison’s legislation, said he does not approve because of the many questions surrounding the topic.

“Pharmacists can’t prescribe it,” Fodness said. “It has to be someone who runs a dispensary.”

He also decried the amounts of THC in the medical marijuana and that dispensaries could be located close to schools and churches, along with the lack of the ability to control it if it was legalized.

Lets not talk about cannabis, this is pot, this is marijuana,” Fodness said. “The only way you can do it is to synthesize it, which almost all drugs have been, so you can get a dosing amount. I’m sympathetic to people that think it may help them.

“The bill (Faison) wanted to pass allowed 25 percent THC, the best dope you can smoke is around six percent.”

Faison said he is 100 percent against the recreational use of marijuana and that he says those who want to use the plant for medicinal purposes have done their research.

“Do we want to lock them up for breaking the law? Is that the prohibitionist stance,” Faison asked. “Cannabis has not killed anyone for medicinal use.”

12 Responses to Faison criticized for medical marijuana support by GOP challenger in House District 11

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    James White says:

    Good for Greg Fodness, Just say NO to legalizing Dope.

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      Paul Kuhn says:

      James, Rep. Faison is not for “legalizing dope.” He supports making non-addictive, non-lethal cannabis available to qualifying patients under a doctor’s supervision, a position endorsed by 80% of Tennesseans.

      His primary opponents are law enforcement who love the power, the easy arrests and the money illegal pot brings them. Did you know the Feds pay extra money to cops for every marijuana arrest? Not for drunk driving, pedophilia or spousal abuse. For “dope.” If you were paid extra money for one kind of arrest over all others, which would you concentrate on? Not to mention the money they seize from asset forfeiture.

      Our marijuana laws undermine respect for law and create hostility toward law enforcement. This dangerous for our country, one of the reasons our marijuana laws are changing.

      “All these marijuana arrests do is make people hate us.” Chief of Police, Washington, D.C.

    • Why do you get to prohibit others of their right? How much bleach will you allow me to drink tonight?

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    James D Brown says:

    Fodness is a another ignorant ass hillbilly who doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

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    Shaen Attkisson says:

    I support him!

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    Linda says:

    I am as “Conservative” as they come, but if medical marijuana can help someone deal with the pain of cancer, then I have no problem with that. Frankly, the opioid crisis is a much bigger deal than marijuana.

    • Are you a proponent of cannabis prohibition?
      Would you agree to any other prohibition, opioid perhaps?

      Last question, how much bleach am i allowed (legally) to drink tonight?

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    Paul Kuhn says:

    Doesn’t seem smart to oppose a policy that 80% of Tennesseans support, including those in the most conservative districts in the state. Fodness is worried about THC (which, unlike most legal pharmaceuticals, has never killed anyone) but the government-approved synthetic, Marinol, that Fodness loves is 100% THC!

    When my late wife was battling cancer, the legal drugs totally failed. Cannabis worked perfectly. Fodness should realize that almost no one will vote for him because he opposes medical cannabis but many of us will never vote for a candidate who would condemn our loved ones to suffering.

    I write this as a 74-year old former Navy officer who was president of my local Republican Party Organization.

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    Iva Russell says:

    I support Faison 100% on this issue.

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    Lisa Stewart says:

    Government is there for the people by the people don’t forget it

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    Janice Nodine says:

    Cannabis is a medicine that people can have, it’s a natural plant,like any other herb people grow to help insure they are healthy. We have cannanboids in our brain. We are starving th m. Plus cannabis is safe & effective and it is not addicting. Cannabis, when used goes to the receptors of the brain in the top of your brain, where opioids & other pain drugs goes to the receptors at the back of the skull to the receptors that make you sleep. Thus that’s where people die if to much is taken. Plus the receptors of the brain at the back of the skull is where addiction takes place. So, if it’s ok for FDA to approve a deadly drug, why can we not grow a plant that was intended for us? God made the plant and knew it’s medicinal use. It’s time we come out of the drug stupor that seems to affect most of the people. I am 68 years old and 5 years ago I would be like everyone else,say NO to drugs, but cannabis is not a drug,it heals & doesn’t kill people.
    I know this for a fact, I lived it and almost died from Dr.s prescriptions,which btw they are still pushing on us or trying to. I will ever take another prescribed drug for pain from any Dr. Weather they be CPS or MD. There peddling the same posions.
    Educate yourself & listen to the people, there are 1000’s of research out there but none from the USA . In the USA they are afraid the Big Pharma will be hurt and most people can’t get past the “ high” but why do you think people get prescription drugs or illegal drugs such as heroin,they want the high.
    Cannabis users do not care for the high so we dose accordingly.

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