Marijuana, Tennessee, and Legalization by Eric Keller
Ok- this is a pretty contentious topic. Just so you know my bias, I am in favor of legalizing both medical and recreational use of marijuana. I have a whole slew of research ranging from such sources as the Journal of the American Medical Association for medical use and National Bureau of Economic Analysis for the economic impact of recreational use. All point to the medical benefit of marijuana as a pain medication (far better than opioids and not addictive)as well as the economic benefits of legalized recreational use.
Fairness in reporting- having 30 surgeries over my lifetime with multiple joint replacements gives me a fair perspective on pain control. Only speaking for me, I would rather use medical marijuana over opioids any day of the week. More effective and less addictive.
The two charts below show what Tennesseans think and then Americans as a whole think.
78% of all polled Tennesseans thinks marijuana should be legal for medical use (assume those who want recreational use would approve medical use).
So why is it still illegal in Tennessee? The answer lies with the Super-majority of Republicans in both the House and the Senate. Despite Democratic attempts to legalize medical marijuana and despite scientific evidence that medical use is more effective than opioids, Republicans continue to kill the bill. Consequences of their irresponsible actions include more opioid use among Tennesseans, fanning the flame of the opioid crisis, and disregarding the evidence of medical marijuana's effectiveness.
The solution. Vote Democrat.