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Is it time for Tennessee to approve the use of medical marijuana — even legalize recreational use?

The legalization or decriminalization of marijuana has been a part of more than a dozen pieces of legislation this year in Tennessee. So we decided to ask Clarksville residents about polarizing topic.

Some locals don’t support changes in the current law unless the federal government reclassifies marijuana. Others are ready to change — with or without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Check out some the opinions below.                     

Carmen List

“Legalize it. I saw how it helped my father, who suffered and passed from stage 4 cancer. He couldn’t get his medications from the hospital because they messed up. He went through withdrawals because they were too busy to get their act together, and send them on time. That’s something that happens more than they like to admit. Stop putting man-made medications in your body. They have terrible side effects, and painful withdrawal symptoms. Do your homework; it’s 2021. Times have changed.”

Travis Rupe

“Prohibition is stupid. It serves no purpose but to use more tax money on imprisonment.”

Zoe Cothran

Zoe Cothran

“Yes! Smoking helped me get off pills, and wasn’t nearly as mind-numbing as the medications I was on.”

Faith Goldstein

Faith Goldstein

“As a nurse, I have seen patients in pain who were not helped by pain meds. People may say, ‘But you were a neonatal nurse.’ Well, I wasn’t always. Not only did I work med-surge, I had and have friends who suffer with constant pain. CBD oil helps to some extent, but I’ve been told by ‘smokers’ that it is incredibly useful in easing their pain. Therefore, I want to go on the record as supporting the legalization of medical marijuana.”

Michael Shanahan

“The federal listing likely won’t change, due to the deep pockets of Big Pharma. If weed is legalized for both medical and recreational use, Big Pharma becomes far less profitable, which is why so many lobbyists are in D.C. on Big Pharma’s behalf.”

Dwayne Miller

Dwayne Miller

“I’ve never tried it, but I’m not against others using it, if they choose. If it’s really that good, medically, then by all means let’s legalize it. At least it’s natural. We certainly don’t hesitate to use laboratory chemicals.”

Chris Colburn

“Tennessee is way behind on legislation, for both medical and recreational use of marijuana. Tennessee legislation is weak with its response on this subject. Lawmakers are forgetting who they work for. They only offer a weak argument, siding with the federal government. If so many other states can accomplish common-sense progress on this subject, so can Tennessee.”

Scotty Burch

“I absolutely agree! They should legalize it for medical and recreational use. Cannabis, as well as CBD, have extraordinary and unexplored health benefits that can help the normal population, as well as our veterans and those with special needs.”

Nancy Tue

“Yes, I don’t use, but I think those who need it shouldn’t have to worry about breaking the law to get relief. Plus, the state could collect tax revenue.”

Got an idea for Monday Morning Opinions? Contact news director Gary Estwick at gestwick@gannett.com. Want to share your thoughts about this story? Submit a letter to the editor. 



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