Opponents and supporters of medical marijuana testified during a hearing in the Tennessee legislature this week, the Associated Press reported Nov. 13.
The Tennessee legislature rejected a medical-marijuana bill last year, but the House Health and Human Resources Committee this week heard testimony on a measure sponsored by Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville). Opponents included doctors who said marijuana is not effective medicine and groups like the Family Action Council of Tennessee, which portrayed medical marijuana as a front for drug legalization.
“This is not about making marijuana legal across the state,” said Jones. “This is strictly for medical reasons, only to help people feel better. Any suggestion that there might be something hidden in the legislation is absurd.”
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy official David Murray also appeared before the committee to express opposition to the bill, while representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke in favor.