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Marijuana Legalization: Tennessee Legal Weed Bill Follows Florida For Medical Pot

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When it comes to marijuana legalization, Tennessee probably isn’t the first state you’d think of when it comes to legal weed. But a medical pot bill is on its way as we speak.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, New York will open medical marijuana dispensaries in certain hospitals, and a Florida petition is trying to get pot legalization on the 2014 ballot.

Interestingly enough, Tennessee has a history of legal weed. Back in the 1980s, medical marijuana was available by prescription, but the law was eventually repealed. Attempts to revive the original law died on the vine, so to speak, with the last attempt failing in 2012. So Tennessee Representative Sherry Jones felt it was time to create a new marijuana legalization bill called HB1385:

“It’s just simply a matter of being rational and compassionate. It would apply to only the most severely debilitated people… children suffering a hundred (epileptic) seizures a day, people on chemotherapy, people with multiple sclerosis… people with a plethora of diseases.”

Similar to the proposed Florida marijuana ballot question, HB1385 limits legal weed for medical purposes, and also specifically mentions a list of health conditions that would qualify. Critics of Florida’s pot efforts point out the wording leaves the possibility open for people to purchase legal weed for any reason. So it’s possible the National Organization for Marijuana Legalization in Tennessee may face similar resistance from legislators.

Reports claim Tennesseans must either “leave the state to get marijuana or make their purchases illegally.” If they are leaving the state, it’s likely to travel to Colorado, where stores are already running low on cannabis and are being forced to ration how much they sell to each customer. Mike Elliott, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, says people should be patient:

“It’s frustrating that we’re dealing with the shortage and things aren’t moving faster, but this is very much in line with what we’d been calling for, which is this slow controlled growth. It’s going slower than a lot of people would like, but I think it shows we’re on a strong path forward.”

Overall, the legalized pot market could generate $10.2 billion in sales over the next five years. And if Tennessee and Florida join the rush toward marijuana legalization, then the sales of legal weed could skyrocket even further.

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14 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization: Tennessee Legal Weed Bill Follows Florida For Medical Pot”

  1. Kyle Nostyle

    Marijuana for president !!! Let the healing of diseases be consumed legally ! Either way I'm still smoking whether you like it or not . Insomnia and body aches disappear for me just imagine what it will do for you . Oh and those of you who say its a gateway drug lmao yeah it's a gateway to the fridge.

  2. Shelbyandjoey Haynes

    Look ive got a long history with abuse and I died 3 times in a 15 min ambulance ride from a jetski wreck so im a lil fukked up my doctor gives me all these different pills and nothing nut ill smoke a joint and its like all my depression is gone I can be the dad I want to be and husband I want to be I think tn should legalize ganga because good people are tired of going to jail it would also help the econmy grow

  3. Shelbyandjoey Haynes

    Look ive got a long history with abuse and I died 3 times in a 15 min ambulance ride from a jetski wreck so im a lil fukked up my doctor gives me all these different pills and nothing nut ill smoke a joint and its like all my depression is gone I can be the dad I want to be and husband I want to be I think tn should legalize ganga because good people are tired of going to jail it would also help the econmy grow

  4. Anonymous

    Not only should it be for medical reasons, but it should be considered for mental health reasons. Not much research exists to support the use of cannabis as a mood stablizer. But I do know that it does have a calming effect. And when cannabis is compared to alcohol and tobacco, I don't see it as being any more harmful. Look at all the problems that exist with alcohol; addiction, driving related deaths, domestic violence, and medical issues. Then look at tobacco and all the health problems. If we allow alcohol and tobacco to exist in the free market for responsible abults to use or abuse, then why not cannabis? There is one element int this discussion that is almost never considered: The Major Pharmasuetical (sic) Companies. Their product is produced in labs while cannabis can be cultivated almost everywhere in the US. Now consider the bottom line of Big Pharm. Cannabis might not impact that number at 1st, but as time goes on, it willl be found that cannabis has many more medicinal uses than 1st imagined. Society has been misled about cannabis for many years. I remember seeing "Refer Madness" and laughed my butt off as to the amount of misinformation in that film. The public has been manipulated long enough. Remember, the one who can manipulate the numbers in statistics can manipulate public opinion. The native American Indians were smoking cannabis long before pale faces showed up on these shores. Imagine if you will, if Sir Walter Raleigh had taken marijuana back to England instead of tobacco. What a different world this would be.

  5. Jonathan Locke

    I think this is dumb …it is ok for me to go out and by beer or liquor and go home and drink but I can't smoke a joint and relax after a hard day of work and the joint is not no were near as bad for me as the alcohol

  6. Edward Lee Williams

    Let's Legal My Drugs! All of marijuana, weed and pot and develop Pills to take! Gadgeteer also!! Lee Allen, which includes only, All of Government down to County, up to President!!