Jeremy’s Story

I am a 36 year old father of two teenage daughters, ages 15 and 17 . I am the former owner of a small trucking company that hauled logs and lumber, and I support medical cannabis in Tennessee.

In late 2014 my health began to decline, it was at that point that I began taking prescription pain killers daily. The cartilage in my left ankle was wearing away and it was becoming increasingly more painful. The doctors said that I was too young for an ankle replacement because it only lasts for ten to fifteen years on average, so at this point it would likely have to be done again in the future. So, I began my journey on pain killers to get through every day life and provide for my family.

My kids mother, whom I had been divorced from for ten years had a severe addiction to prescription pain killers, but I was unaware of it until one night my young daughters called me at my house crying and upset. Their exact words were “Daddy please come over here, something is wrong with momma, she won’t talk to us”, so I left right then and headed there. Before I got there, my daughters said “Daddy please hurry, I think momma is dying”. I kept them on the phone until I got there, and then when I found their mother high and passed out from opiates, I called the police and she was arrested.

To make a long story short, in may of 2015, my daughters were spending the night with their mom as ordered by the court, and they found her dead from a drug overdose at 3 am when they got up to use the bathroom. Around this time is when I became epileptic, and my immune system began attacking my joints. To this day, no one knows why, but I am now in a wheelchair most of the time.

If I do stand up and take a few steps, I have to use crutches as the cartilage in my left ankle has completely deteriorated and now the bones are wearing each other out. I have been diagnosed with degenerative bone disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory arthritis.
I only take antinflammatories and low dose steroids, nothing for pain, not even Tylenol.

I went to a methadone clinic for about a year and a half to deal with an opioid addiction I have myself, due to pain management with them.

I feel as though I would benefit greatly from the use of medicinal cannabis. I think it would be a natural alternative to something that has already brought so much heartache and sorrow to my family. I can’t work and have been trying to get disability started for over a year now, but maybe if medical cannabis were available, I could use some form of it for pain relief and be able to work.

Jeff Sessions Rescinds Obama-Era Enforcement Guidance: Five Observations

We were very fortunate to have Professor Robert Mikos participate in the Medical Cannabis Task Force hearing in October. Professor Mikos is on the faculty of Vanderbilt Law School and is a leading expert on the subject of cannabis law. Here is his informative analysis of the recent developments at the Federal level: https://goo.gl/P5mZHW

TN General Assembly hearing on House bill to limit medical cannabis exclusively to pharmaceuticals

On March 21, the House Health Committee of the TN General held a hearing in connection with Rep. Sabi Kumar’s bill HJR 65. This bill attempts to limit medical cannabis to pharmaceuticals with FDA approval. If passed, there would be no medical cannabis allowed in TN which is based on whole plants. More than half the states in the US have some form of legal cannabis based on whole plants.

Click here to watch the proceedings which start 9 minutes into the video. It is educational to see the discussion, particularly the testimony of those in opposition.

Anticipation

Now that the election is over, there is great anticipation for the upcoming TN General Assembly session in mid-January. We can say for sure that there will be a medical cannabis bill before both houses of the legislature.

Tennessee General Assembly could not have a stronger medical cannabis advocate than Rep. Jeremy Faison. Here is a TV interview based on his fact-finding trip to Colorado. There he met with law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and Tennesseans who re-located to CO for safe, legal access to medical cannabis.  All of this has deeply strengthened his belief in the value of medical cannabis. You won’t want to miss this TV interview with Rep. Faison upon his return to TN from that trip https://goo.gl/UmXy9n .

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Stay tuned for more updates as we head into the 2017 legislative session…

Radio interview with Allison Watson and Liz Graves

Joe Padula is a radio host on news talk radio WJZM – AM in Clarksville, TN. He is an army veteran, and very supportive of changing the cannabis laws, particularly as they relate to making medical marijuana available to veterans with PTSD. Recently, Allison Barker Watson and Liz Graves were invited to appear on The Joe Padula Show to discuss the issues involving cannabis law in Tennessee and the nation.

Both women bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conversation. Allison, as a former TN Assistant District Attorney, and Liz, who just moved to Knoxville from Boulder, Colorado, where she served for 4 years as the top administrator for marijuana licensing in Boulder County.

Click here to listen to the lively conversation!

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Mark your calendar for February 18!

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Symposium – Free and Open to the Public

On Thursday, February 18, Vanderbilt University Law School will host the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Symposium, co-sponsored by the Tennessee Research Institute.

The symposium runs from 7 – 9 pm. It is free and open to the public. There is a reception before the event, with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer, from 6 – 7 pm. Tickets for the reception are $20 to help offset event costs.

Featured speakers are:
* State Senator Steve Dickerson, MD, sponsor of the medical cannabis bill which is currently before the Senate Health and Welfare committee
* Allison Watson, former Tennessee Assistant District Attorney
* John Hudak, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, cannabis law expert
* Dr. Kimberly Vera, Assistant Professor Vanderbilt School of Medicine

All details are here. Please join us for this unique and informative event.

To a brighter future for Tennessee,
Tennesseans United

Inspiring Message From A Dedicated Activist

You could say that Yvonne Neubert has “seen it all,” especially since she lost her eyesight due to the inequities of the current cannabis laws.  Listen to her story and her down-to-earth recommendations for how everyone can help us advance this cause.

 

Help us do something very important for cannabis law reform in TN

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: We are all deeply committed to the reform of cannabis laws in Tennessee. Here is an opportunity to help us in one of THE MOST valuable ways possible. Will you please say YES? On Saturday, Oct. 18 in Nashville, we will be having a Voter Engagement Event in a key State Senate district. At 10 AM, there will be a short orientation session, followed by a door to door survey of active voters. This is a state-of-the-art polling process, easy to use, but highly sophisticated. After about 2 hours, we’ll go have lunch to compare notes. Be part of this ground-breaking event! Click here for more info and to volunteer: http://goo.gl/LmjjlF THANK YOU!!!