I currently live in the state Tennessee, but I am from Michigan. I had been addicted to Vicodin from the age of 16 until the age of 18.
At 18 I applied for my Medical cannabis card because I knew I was addicted to the pills. Once approved, I became amazed at the change it made in me. Even with the Vicodin, I would still feel the pain, but be so doped up I couldn’t function properly. After I quit taking the pills and switched to medical cannabis, my pain was managable and it actully helped me focus and brought me back my quality of life. On the pills, I was a zombie and hsd horrible side effects, even to the point of possible surgery to remove my gallbladder because of a medicine. Once I began treating my pain with medical cannabis, I left all the pharmaceuticals behind. I would never put myself in that position again. Tennessee needs to follow in the footsteps of these other states and make it legal.
My personal experiences with people in my area have shown a methamphetamine epidemic and an opioid epidemic, and even horrible struggles with suboxone and subutech. Neither are a cure but a redirected addiction that ensures big pharma gets paid regularly.
Medical cannabis had no addictive traits for me, it helped me fight the truly addictive pills and wean off them. I honestly believe it could save this state money, and save lives while easing suffering.