In a high-profile effort intended to increase awareness regarding medicinal cannabis and pot issues in general, Tennessee NORML sponsored “Marijuana Education Day” in Nashville on January 28 at the Sunset Grill, in what was described as a luncheon seminar. 


For a fee of $30 attendees were brought up to speed on the latest developments in the realm of medical, legislative and recreational cannabis concerns. NORML founder Keith Stroup was on hand, and as reported by WSMV-TV, Stroup spoke and at one point confessed the cannabis conundrum: “Our problem is how do we translate the public support into public policy (when) most of our elected officials are timid.”


The Nashville-based Green Hills News gave front-page coverage to the event as the paper’s Social Editor Brenda Batey also was a speaker on a medical marijuana patient panel, in which she disclosed that cannabis was the only drug that actually relieved her nausea after receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Another speaker was medical pot patient Constance Gee, who had been previously “outed” on the front page of the Wall Street Journal smoking medicine that she uses to treat Meniere’s Disease (an inner ear disorder that causes vertigo) while her then-husband was still Chancellor at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University.


One goal of Tennessee NORML is to get medi-pot legalized, and advocates want state lawmakers to approve legislation that would have medicinal cannabis grown by licensed farmers and regulated by the state Dept of Agriculture, with dispensaries then distributing the medicine to patients. Similar legislation previously stalled in the Tennessee General Assembly in 2010 and 2011 (partially due to Governor Bill Haslam's opposition), but hopefully “higher education” events such as Marijuana Education Day will result in more public and political support for legal medical pot in the Volunteer State.


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