Standing with retired police officers, children, veterans and musicians, two Republican lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow the medical use of marijuana for patients. Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) are leading an effort to legalize medicinal cannabis in Tennessee.
They are encouraging anyone who supports medical use of the herb to educate others who might not be as knowledgable about its usefulness.
The bill would allow 50 grow houses of medical marijuana to be cultivated in Tennessee, and to be distributed to qualifying patients through a network of 150 dispensaries, reports WKRN.
The grow houses would be required to have security, including cameras, locks and security guards, reports J.R. Lind at the Nashville Patch. Operations would be required to be licensed by the state departments of Agriculture, Safety and Health.
Medical professionals with prescribing authority would be required to get a special license to authorize cannabis, and patients would have to purchase a special $35 card to buy doctor-recommended strains of marijuana. Patients would be required to use marijuana in their homes only.
The initial list of conditions for which marijuana can be allowed includes cancer, ALS, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures and Alzheimer’s disease. Other conditions could be added on the recommendation of the Department of Health and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Sen. Dickerson, a medical doctor practicing in Nashville, and Rep. Ryan Williams, now chairman of the House Republican Caucus, last year co-sponsored a similar bill to legalize medical marijuana. It died in committee. Democrats have also previously introduced legislation to do the same thing.
“At its heart, I really do think this is a very Republican, conservative bill,” Dickerson said. “I know that’s a little counter-intuitive, but it gets the government out of our lives.”
‘For The Children, For The Veterans’ Bull-Crap Bill’
But despite it’s being sponsored by Republicans in Tennessee’s GOP-dominated Legislature, the measure is meeting some stiff resistance by (and get the rich irony, here, folks) “liberty” minded “evangelicals” who are openly sneering at the bill’s intent.
Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that “this is a bill to allow for smoking weed … plain and simple,” reports Jake Lowary at The Tennessean.
“I am 100% opposed to ANY bill that allows for the inhalation of marijuana smoke,” Holt oddly said. “Kids or vets, or whomever else is in close proximity, shouldn’t be subject to that kind of exposure.” Then Andy really got going.
“This is a typical ‘it’s for the children, it’s for the veterans’ bull-crap bill,” Holt said, showing just how unattractive deep ignorance and lack of compassion can be (not very “Christian” of you, there, Andy). “Never let a crisis go to waste,” he said cynically, clearly telegraphing he cares not a whit for the welfare of, say, Tennessee’s epileptic children who could sorely use the seizure relief provided by cannabinoids.
Holt also showed himself dangerously out of touch with the needs of veterans, which is pretty sad considering this pathetic fraud of a “patriotic Christian man” claims to be solidly behind “the troops.”
“This is a step towards legalizing a drug that is dangerous,” Holt lied, “and I’ll have NOTHING to do with it, other than fight it to the bitter end.” We hope that anyone who cares about the children and veterans of Tennessee take careful note of Rep. Holt’s position, because he thinks he’s going to get away with being an obnoxious boor right after the election like this.
Tennessee House Leader Casada Takes ‘Wait And See’ Stance
Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) had a more measured and political response to the medical marijuana bill. Casada said he’s in “wait and see” mode about the legislation, which hasn’t yet been formally filed.
“Let’s not put the legislation before the science,” Casada said on Wednesday. That leaves us really hoping Casada isn’t just feigning familiarity with “the science..” The science, of course — and a vast body there is of it — supports the medical efficacy of cannabis for a variety of ailments, both as palliative for many and even a cure for some serious conditions.
Here’s a clue from the past: Rep. Casada has consistently opposed medical marijuana in the past. So maybe the only “science” he gets is the “bull-crap,” as dimwit Rep. Holt would put it, from Reefer Madness whack jobs.
Heartless Holt: Shameful Politician vs. Little Girl
Holt’s cruel inhumanity, of which he seems sickeningly proud, is damaging to real children who really need medicinal cannabis for relief.
One of those kids is three-year-old Josie, daughter of Stacie Mathis of Greene County. Josie has epilepsy and needs constant treatment for her condition.
Stacie has worked with Rep. Faison — remember, the guy in the opening paragraph of this story, who’s sponsoring the medical marijuana bill in the Tennessee House? Their work together has been on legalizing hemp and the cultivation of CBD oil in Tennessee, which has improved Josie’s condition.
Mathis had considered moving to Colorado so that Josie could get treatment for her severe seizures.
“Don’t bypass it and think it’s a drug like we’re all led to believe,” Stacie pleaded. “I think now is the time to do it before something happens.”
Real Veteran Advocates, Unlike Holt, Support The Bill
Andrew Fox and his wife Maggie are both Army veterans; they live near Clarksville, Tennessee. Maggie was put on harsh Big Pharma opioids after being hit by a car in Florida. She became addicted, and now the couple operates their hemp farm, in part, to help others kick their addiction.
Together, Andrew and Maggie operate Veteran Grown, one of the few industrial hemp farms and licensed producers for cannabidiol oil in Tennessee.
“Smart legislation like this will give Veteran Grown and others more tools to help those with severe medical conditions that have been failed for decades by pharmaceutical conglomerates and the crony representatives that kept this natural treatment that works away from the people,” Andrew said.
Investment Banker Backs The Bill
Nashville investment banker Paul Kuhn passes out literature on the benefits of medical marijuana. He said he’s a supporter because cannabis has been proven to reduce dependency on opioids.
“It’s obvious,” Kuhn said. “People don’t like opiates. They’re a terrible drug.”
“You can totally eliminate them with cannabis,” Kuhn said.
Christian Musician Has His Priorities Straight
With the rancid stink of Heartless Holt’s pseudo-“Christian” hypocrisy filling the air, let’s raise a metaphorical window by introducing Nashville musical artist Gary Chapman. Thank God, Chapman seems a whole lot better at embodying Christian principles than the execrable Holt.
Chapman almost was moved to tears on Tuesday when speaking in support of medicinal cannabis. He said he’s been asked by fans and others if he’s afraid his career as a Christian musician would be hurt by his support for the legislation. After all, medical marijuana is often seen as one of those “progressive” issues. It’s safe to say medical weed isn’t typically seen on the conservative Christian agenda.
“The reality is, some things are more important than others,” Chapman said. “And helping someone who’s suffering needlessly is much higher on the list than what someone may or may not think of me.
“This matters,” Chapman said.