Tennessee Senate Bill 1248, sponsored by Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville, anesthesiologist), was the recent subject of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Summer Study on December 1, 2015. This bill would legalize medical cannabis for limited debilitating medical conditions. The Committee heard testimony from many opponents and supporters of the bill. The following is a video of the full hearing. Testimony from supporters Meg Sanders (CEO – Mindful), Dr. Kim Vera (Pediatric Cardiologist – VUMC), Allison Barker Watson (former Assistant District Attorney – 13th Judicial District), and Professor Robert Mikos (Vanderbilt School of Law) begins at 1:33:20.
Greta Gaines: musician, world champion athlete, mother, activist for safe, legal access to a much-needed natural medicine.
Tennessean Adam House served 15 months in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He speaks powerfully of the need to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.
For nearly two years, we've followed the story of Brandon Gilbert and his family's search to have cannabis-based treatment for his son's seizures. Here is Brandon's first update since his son began taking Charlotte's Web oil in mid-March. Don't miss this inspiring and informative story: https://goo.gl/QReu69 Fortunately, this is a ray of hope for cannabis law reform in TN. As you'll read, Brandon has been able to safely and legally possess the oil he has desperately sought, now that the TN General Assembly passed a law allowing it. This is just the first baby step in what is truly needed for the citizens of Tennessee.
Logan Mathes is a police officer in East Tennessee. He is also an advocate for medical cannabis. Here is his family’s story: http://goo.gl/hhcmtY
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’
When asked toward the end of the interview about his personal feelings regarding the legalization of marijuana, Murthy cited “some preliminary data … for some medical conditions and symptoms” before declaring that “marijuana can be helpful.” His comments only underscore the U.S. government’s apparent inconsistency on the topic of medical marijuana despite the Department of Justice’sannouncement in 2013 that it would not challenge state marijuana laws governing medical usage. On Tuesday, on the other hand, federal lawyers were in court in hopes of closing a medical marijuana operation in Oakland, California.
Murthy joins a growing chorus of government officials who say marijuana has medicinal qualities and can be therapeutically effective in certain instances. Currently 23 states and Washington, D.C., have made legalized medical marijuana in some form or other. Despite having been legalized in Colorado and Washington state for recreational purposes, at the federal level, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug – a classification that groups it along with heroin and deems it in part as having “no currently accepted medical uses.”
Murthy seems to take issue with that designation. “My position is that we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy of marijuana,“ he said, before hinting that marijuana laws may need to be reformed. “So I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking, and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us.”
A former Harvard University professor, the 37-year-old Murthy became the youngest person to serve as U.S. surgeon general after first being nominated in November 2013 for the position by President Barack Obama. The physician, who was born in England to parents of Indian descent, was eventually confirmed for the position late last year.
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Parents from across the country explain the benefits of medical cannabis for epilepsy that doesn’t respond to pharmaceutical medications and the need for rescheduling and legalization of medical marijuana.
Five minutes is all it takes to learn about the issues facing many TN families who choose to leave everything behind and move to Colorado for the sake of their child’s survival. Please watch this video.
SCIENCE DAILY reports on a study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, which says that states with legal medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths. Why is this significant? There has been a steady rise in prescription drug abuse in Tennessee for the past decade. This fact has been well-documented. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24589873 Educating the public, plus reform of cannabis laws, will go a long way toward reversing this trend.
Here is a summary of the report: “On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.”
This is the powerful story of a Greene County family seeking a state waiver that would protect them from prosecution should they seek a medicine derived from cannabis for their child.
“There is absolutely no side effects with the cannibis oil. And she would not get high from this,” Mathes said. “But here we are now doping her up with prescription medications that have major side effects,” she said. “We don’t want to go to Colorado (to live), but we have to take care of our daughter,” she said.
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