Guns, Bars, Medical Marijuana And Legislative Frustration

Jeff Woods covered the Guns in Bars battle at the City Paper. The whole story is a great read but I pulled this quote out because this particular issue isn’t getting as much play at the Guns in Bars issue is. (I think it’s interesting that the Opryland Hotel has signs up to tourists who spend money in this state that they have to keep guns out.) Heck, my family has guns, but we just don’t want them in a juke joint or a bar.

Alright, let’s move on to Rep. Jeanne Richardson who may have the best quote of the day.

* A House committee held a hearing on legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee. Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, said she would ask the committee next week to send her bill to the state Board of Pharmacy for a year of study. “We’re moving the ball forward,” she said.

Under her legislation, the state would license farmers to grow cannabis at tightly restricted compounds, then sell prescribed doses through pharmacies to alleviate the pain and suffering of the sick and dying. Tennessee would join 14 other state-run medical-marijuana programs either under way or in development in this country.

“Cheech and Chong smoking a bong — that is not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about compassion,” Richardson told the House Health and Human Resources Committee.

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