• State lawmakers to discuss possibility of joining other states & approve medical marijuana in TN

    By: Scott Madaus


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It's the age-old debate. The legalization of marijuana.

    “I think it's a good thing. I think it's got good uses,” said Cameron Watkins.

    “I think I tend to be against it,” said Kim Simmons.


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    Now, ahead of a meeting between Tennessee state lawmakers on September 21st, the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus has released an online survey.

    “I think it would be great. I think they ought to do it. How come? Well I think it helps a lot of people,” said Deborah Hall.

    The first question on the survey asks, “Should Tennessee join 29 other states that have approved marijuana for medical use?”

    Talking to Memphians on the street, we got a mixed bag of responses.

    “You don't need that stuff. We have enough problems as it is,” said Robert Martin.

    Next on the survey they ask, “Do you agree with a Republican proposal to require medical users to completely surrender their driver’s license?”

    “No I would not support that,” said Watkins.

    And finally the survey asks, “If Tennessee approved medical marijuana, what would be the best use of new revenue generated from sale?”

    “Infrastructure, schools, healthcare just the regular kind of important things,” said Hall.

    We reached out to Congressman Steve Cohen and his communications liaison told us, "The Congressman is extremely supportive of medical marijuana. He’s actually the primary Democratic sponsor in the House of a bipartisan, bicameral medical marijuana bill."

    We reached out to Senator Bob Corker. We have not received a response.

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