NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s an issue that hasn’t gotten much traction in the Volunteer State – but today, House Speaker and Gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell came out in favor of medical marijuana.
In an announcement in Nashville, Speaker Harwell (R-Nashville) called the issue of medical cannabis one of “dignity of life” for Tennesseans.
The move would “restore the quality of life for those that are suffering from debilitating pain and reduce our dependence on opioids.”
She said that her opponents in the Governor’s race have rejected efforts to legalize medical marijuana. While Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh have come out in support of the idea, Harwell’s Republican rivals are less convinced.
In a statement, Randy Boyd’s campaign says he is against recreational marijuana, but as for medical he believes that “if we are going to consider it as medicine, then it should go through the same testing and FDA approvals as any other medicine” and that no matter what the state decides marijuana remains illegal under federal law. [Read More @ NewsChannel5]