Hearing on Medical Marijuana Act in Tennessee tomorrow......

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  1. JustLegalize420

    JustLegalize420 New Member

    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 ryan@mpp.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.
  2. Lothar121

    Lothar121 Seasoned Activist

    Good luck! It is nice to see the medical marijuana issue expanding to other legislators without MPP forcing it down their throats ;P
  3. JustLegalize420

    JustLegalize420 New Member

    By Judith R. Tackett
    Source: Nashville City Paper

    Tennessee -- The legislature has introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Tennessee. Sen. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) said one reason for him to introduce the bill at this time was to raise the public’s and the legislature’s awareness of a new subject.
    “Normally projects take three years to mature in the [legislature],” Cohen said. “The lottery took 18 years. … I hope medical marijuana doesn’t take that long.”

    Cohen said he knew legalizing marijuana for medical purposes was not ready yet for passage in the Tennessee legislature this year.

    “I think there are a lot of medical benefits from it,” Cohen said, asking the Senate General Welfare Committee Wednesday to push the proposal to its last calendar.

    Cohen said he intends to suggest that a study committee look at the issue over the summer and allow for public input.

    Another Memphis Democrat, Sen. John Ford, who chairs the General Welfare Committee, said Cohen’s proposal was “a piece of legislation whose time should be here now or should come very, very soon.

    “We’re not talking about sitting around and smoking pot,” Ford said. “This is for medical purposes.”

    But Sen. Raymond Finney (R-Maryville) requested that a summer study committee also examine the fact that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) still outlaws the use of marijuana for medical purposes and look into how the state could overcome the issue of illegality.

    The drafted legislation contains a paragraph stating, “States are not required to enforce federal law or prosecute people for engaging in activities prohibited by federal law. Therefore, compliance with this act does not put the state of Tennessee in violation of federal law.”

    Ten other states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington — have passed laws to allow the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for medical use.

    “Every poll that I’ve seen shows at least 75 percent of the public in favor of it,” Cohen said, adding that people with health risks especially favor the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

    “When the people are dying and they’re in pain, there is nothing the government should really prohibit them,” Cohen said.

    Source: City Paper, The (TN)
    Author: Judith R. Tackett
    Published: April 14, 2005
    Copyright: 2005, The City Paper LLC
    Contact: letters@nashvillecitypaper.com
    Website: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/

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