WKRN Nashville 2-16-10
The bill is certainly not perfect, marijuana should be totally legal for everyone, but it is a great improvement over what we have now which is prohibition and criminalization. The proposed cost of $60 per ounce to patients sure beats the high cost in California and elsewhere.
The issue of legalizing medical marijuana is both progressive and conservative so there really should not be any heated debate between concerned citizens. Only those who have vested interests in the pharmaceutical industry and the police state prison system that bottom feeds in the 'war on drugs' would dare to make any attempt to deny relief to sick people, especially under the guise of 'morality.'
All freedom minded Tennesseans should contact their representatives and firmly recommend that they pass this law. HR 2562 and SB 2511.
Let's not mince words here. Legalizing medical marijuana is the first step. Other steps will be the legalization of industrial hemp and cannabis for personal use including growing. It's called states rights and the feds have no authority and need to stay out of it.
Bernie Ellis, one of those interviewed in the above video, has a story that is documented by Jim Ridley and the Nashville Scene. It's a human interest tale of someone who valued principle and compassion over their own personal security.
Bernie Ellis's seven-year nightmare with the law is over - but his advocacy of medical marijuana burns hotter than ever
also: Sen. Marrero on Medical Marijuana Bill: "The Courage to Do the Right Thing"