TO: Tennessee residents* FROM: Ryan Grim, MPP legislative analyst DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 SUBJECT: Hearing on Tennessee Medical Marijuana Act tomorrow ====================================================================== The Tennessee Medical Marijuana Act (S.B. 1942), introduced by Senator Stephen Cohen (D-Memphis), will be heard tomorrow, April 13, in the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee. The committee convenes in room 12 of the legislative plaza in Nashville at 9:30 a.m., and the bill could be heard anytime thereafter. It's crucial that the committee hear from supporters of S.B. 1942 between now and tomorrow morning. The committee is made up of five Republicans and four Democrats, but it is chaired by Democrat John Ford (Memphis). The battle in the committee will be a tough one, but with enough pressure, a victory is within reach. Please take a few moments to call the committee members to tell them that you are a Tennesseean and that you strongly support S.B. 1942. Visit http://www.mpp.org/TN/letters_26.html for talking points on medical marijuana. State senators rarely hear from voters, so a few polite phone calls can make a significant impact. Below is a list of the committee members. John Ford, chair (D-Memphis) 615-741-3304 Diane Black, vice-chair (R-Gallatin) 615-741-1999 Rusty Crowe, secretary (R-Johnson City) 615-741-2468 Raymond Finney (R-Maryville) 615-741-2427 Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) 615-741-6806 Curtis S. Person, Jr. (R-Memphis) 615-741-2419 Roy Herron (D-Dresden) 615-741-4576 Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville) 615-741-2374 Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) 615-741-4167 Once you've called the committee members, please take a moment to visit http://mpp.org/TN/action.html to send a letter to each member of the above committee and the House Mental Health Subcommittee, where S.B. 1942's companion (H.B. 968) will next be heard. You can also contact your individual legislators and ask them to support the bills. In less than two minutes, using our system, you can send a letter to more than a dozen key legislators. Also, if you are a patient or a health care professional and would like to testify on behalf of the bills, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Please forward this list on to others in Tennessee and ask them to take a moment to call the committee members as well. A flood of phone calls and letters could be the difference between victory and defeat for medical marijuana in Tennessee this session.