NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Do efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee stand a chance? There is growing momentum to make cannabis oil available for a long list of ailments, from cancer to arthritis to Parkinson’s and PTSD.
There’s also stiff opposition.
All day Thursday, we investigated the growing debate over medical marijuana in Tennessee, taking a look at both sides of the story – from people fighting on a grassroots level for legalization to those fighting against it.
Stories include the politics of pot and where the candidates for governor stand, a local hemp farmer who is taking advantage of a state research program, veterans who believe cannabis oil is helping them, and personal stories of local families, including the parents of a 9-year-old boy who has seizures.
We also shared the concerns of people who believe medical marijuana will lead to serious drug abuse. Law enforcement is divided on this issue.
Stories featured in the special include:
- Politics play role in fate of medical marijuana in Tennessee
- Medical marijuana efforts began with Democrats before turning to Republicans
- Law enforcement split on medical marijuana in Tennessee
- POLL: Would you personally consider using medical marijuana?
- Proponents say it could drive Tenn. economy, but what hurdles would cannabis businesses face?
- Industrial hemp farm in Franklin expects years of growth in cannabis industry
- Cannabis oil sponsor expects ‘vigorous debate’ as lawmakers tackle use of medical marijuana
- Clarksville veterans run industrial hemp company, push to legalize medical marijuana
- Years after medical cannabis oil legalized, advocates say more needs to be done