A panel discussion in support of the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act was held Monday night on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
Students, professors, lawmakers and residents gathered in the Averbuch Auditorium at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt.
Associate Professor of Management Tim Vogus hosted the discussion.
Vogus' son, Aidan, suffers from intractable epilepsy and experiences dozens of seizures per day. Aidan's neurologists have put him at high risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
Children and adults who experience seizures might benefit from cannabis-based oil, which is low in THC and high in CBD.
Vogus told News 2 he supports the legalization of medical marijuana in Tennessee.
“This is not really a partisan issue. This is an issue about people,” Vogus said. “And a lot of my students know my son, Aidan. And they want to help him.”
The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act (House Bill 1385) was sponsored by Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville).
Earlier in the day, Rep. Jones held a news conference to try and garner support for the bill.
“And we believe that it's time for Tennessee to move forward and help people that need the help this product can provide,” said Rep. Jones.
It is unknown when the bill will go before the committee.
- Jan. 20, 2014: Bill aims to legalize medical marijuana use in Tenn.
- April 4, 2012: Medical marijuana bill stalls in state Senate