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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The hemp train.

There is an old saying in the legislature "jump on the moving train".

Lets face fact, the Sherry Jones marijuana bill is all but dead. No one really trusts her not to try something sneaky.  To date there is no senate sponsor, Republican or Democrat. No one wants it, because no one believes in it as she has it. It is a wide open bill. It is not a true "medical marijuana" bill.  It is a bill so loosely worded my dog could probably get a prescription to be stoned 15 minutes after passage and most legislators think that's just how Sherry wants it.

While most legislators see there may be some possible medical benefits out there for MM, that isn't her bill. As I stated in a previous post on the topic I can find no one who wants the state to turn into a bunch of unmotivated burned out stoners as some states are allowing their constituents to do.

On the other hand, the manufacture of hemp as a product is a different animal all together. It does not have the "get stoned" THC that its sister plant does. In fact, if the male of the species (hemp) is within roughly a mile of the female of the species (marijuana) it has a nullifying effect in THC production for both plants.

Sen. Frank Niceley has a bill to allow for the production of hemp. It has some industrial value without the negative side events of its narcotic sister.

Also, one of the derivatives from the non narcotic hemp is a cannabinoid (CBD)  that is being researched as possibly having possible positive results for seizure sufferers.  Several of the doctors in the legislature are doing research on the potential now.

If they come back with a positive or even neutral feeling on CBD then there probably would be a high (no pun intended)  likelihood that a hemp bill (that allows for the production of CBD for medicinal purposes tagged on) could pass.

20 comments:

  1. Where in Rep. Jones bill do you see the potential for something "sneaky" to happen when this bill, if passed, is said to be the strictest to date. So I'm confused as to what your concern is.

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  2. I do agree with all of the facts you have stated. THANK YOU for showing that CBD is something that is needed. My son suffers from daily seizures and we are desperate to have CBD in Tennessee. I do disagree that the HB1385 is sneaky. Several politicians have weighed in that this bill is one of the strickest MMJ bills in the country. It has very limited list of patients who would qualify, detailed policy on growth and distribution, and no home growth. My family does not need the THC components, but I know many who do. Something to not be ignored is the fact that those who need it are already on highly addictive, very intoxicating medications.
    I have done endless hours of research on medical marijuana, as any parent with a sick child considering it would. I found many professional articles on reasons TN should take this seriously. We can all easily find medical benefits, but there are huge gains to be add in tax revenue, a change in drug wars and crime, the research potential alone has me sold. I would love for our wonderful Universities of TN to be able to unlock all the potential that can be found in the cannabis plant. To foster a learning environment to better human kind should be something everyone would agree upon.
    Again thank you for stating CBD should be a priority. It is an unremarkable source that can not only help those like my son, but other illnesses as well.

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    1. Yes, CBD is VERY important. However, negating the other 299+ compounds in Cannabis greatly reduces the efficacy of the herb, and therefore it's usefulness for a variety of other illnesses.

      We need all the benefits Cannabis can provide, and that means we must have access to all it's components.

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    2. Senator Campfield,

      I have to say in response, that your article shows us many things. I thank you for that.

      t shows us that you have obviously not been paying attention to all the media coverage in regards to the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act HB 1385. Cannabis has been in the news several times a week, for the past 6 weeks all across Tennessee. Either your not paying attention or you are dismissing the subject. Neither, are not what is expected from one of our elected state representatives.

      Just for your information, Tennesseans have taken part in a great many surveys and polls recently..numbers are 73%-83.3% for FULL Legalization..not just the Medical Care Act.

      I have to ask, have you read the Bill? It is a very tightly written Bill with safeguards for all participants. Sorry, you DOG does not qualify!

      You have also informed us that you sir, are woefully uneducated on the subject of Medical Cannabis. Cannabis have several hundred compounds. THC is a known catalyst for CBD. By not including all the available compounds in Cannabis you are greatly diminishing the medicinal properties of the plants, and thereby denying patients it's true efficacy.

      Another fact for you, Pollen has been documented as far as 100 miles away from the donor plant.

      It has been said that the Republicans are backing the Hemp Bill based on the tax revenues the state perceives it will garner. That the "social costs" of the passing the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act HB 1385 will not offset those costs. That is untrue. I have documented the population base of only 5 of the diseases named on the Bill. That population base exceeds 800,000 people. When the Bill is passed and the threat of state litigation and forfeiture is removed, more patients will come forward. Just as Michigan and Washington have reported surplus tax revenues, so shall Tennessee.

      Patients deserve more then being "tagged on" the end of a Bill.

      Supporting agriculture over people, really? That is your stance? I truly hope that I am reading this wrongly. That your motivation is truly the people you were elected to serve.

      I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these facts with you as furthering truthful education in regards to Medical Cannabis is of utmost importance to me. Just as the patients are.

      Dana M. Arvidson
      MMJ for Tennesseans
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/mmjfortns/

      Tennessee For Medical Marijuana
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/254003004617418/

      Mothers for Cannabis Tennessee
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/133778253331731/

      International Women's Cannabis Coalition Tennessee
      https://www.facebook.com/IWCCTennessee

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  3. I will not vote for anyone who does not support this bill.

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    1. YAY! Good for you! I neither!

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    2. Why should we? They are put into office to represent us. If we, THE PEOPLE aren't being represented, then why are you taking up space? I need my needs to be heard AND taken seriously.

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  4. The people that need medical marijuana to be passed will benefit from it in so many ways. that way they will have a better quality of life and that is something that makes a lot of since to me and should for anyone that has to take lot's of pills everyday that helps but is killing them in the same way. please do some research on mmj it can even help little children and all timers please take the time to check into this matter

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  5. You have our lives in your hands. I highly disagree with your opinion but, I can't stop you from making your decision. I only wonder what it feels like to play god with the lives of many sick residents. We are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, Veterans, PTA members, and Senior Citizens, and children who need help. I am glad you are open to hemp production, and helping the farmers! I really am! I come from a long line of hard-working farmers. We worked from sun-up to sun-down, never asking anything from the government, so I am happy you are at least open to helping people I know. Now, I am hoping you can see that many of those farmers are hurt, sick, and are barely able to work the fields everyday. I hope you see their family members are hurt, sick, and in pain. I hope you can see you have in your hand... please look down to your hand..... you hold in your hand our life. My life. YOU are holding our life. The medical marijuana bill is one of the strictest in the nation, and yet, so many patients can get help. Please, support the medical marijuana bill.

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  6. The people that need medical marijuana to be passed will benefit from it in so many ways. that way they will have a better quality of life and that is something that makes a lot of since to me and should for anyone that has to take lot's of pills everyday that helps but is killing them in the same way. please do some research on mmj it can even help little children and all timers please take the time to check into this matter

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  7. "naturally derived Dronabinol the generic substitute for Marinol," is FDA approved and published in the federal register. Marinol is synthetic THC the active ingredient in marijuana, female hemp plants or the flowers of cannabis. Cannabis extracts are now published on the DEA website as approved for measurable doses of "naturally derived" THC as a Schedule 3 drug. The Tennessee Legislature is called upon to act accordingly and RESCHEDULE this God given medicine, NOW. For more information, 'Balm of Gilead' in study. http://goo.gl/HdC2Z0

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    1. Cannabis has been on Schedule 6 here in Tn for years. As far away from Schedule 1 as you can get.

      Marinol is a synthetic. It does not have the same efficacy as the natural substance. Therefore, it is not effective for many. Also, there are many that are ill that cannot process the additives, binders and coatings of pharmaceutical substitutes.

      Another point, if you are on TennCare..it is NOT covered. Out of pocket expense is 600.00 per one month supply...In our surrounding counties the average SSD income is 707-713.00 per month. This leaves no funds for patients to live on..therefore this is NOT a viable option for far too many Tennesseans.

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  8. We are going to look back in 10 years and believe this debate on legalizing cannabis was silly. It should have never had 70 years of prohibition in the first place. Cannabis is a benign (not without minimal risks) alternative to Alcohol, methamphetamine, crack, heroine and numerous other problematic drugs. Many economists (the chorus is growing) as projecting a HUGE net benefit to the US from legalizing cannabis. This is not in a purely monetary sense, they are projecting reduced Alcohol use as their primary reason for a huge benefit to society. As people worry about the demonized "Cannabis buzz" or getting "stoned" as people like to term it: opiate deaths and addiction are on an exponential growth pattern, TN is the meth capital of the south (debatable), heroine is on the rise again with many of those folks excited about the US Gov. free methadone to 'help' them get off of heroine. Folks the list goes on. I'm not even going to focus on the hypocrisy and the simple fact that Human Rights and any War On Drugs can not exist in the same sentence with out the word violation in it. I'm going to focus on Cannabis as a helpful plant, herb, intoxicant to society as a whole. This is through the simple economic idea of substitution simply called Harm Reduction in medical circles. Cannabis provides nearly a perfect Harm Reduction solution to alcoholism and addiction to prescription pain killers (opiates) and other benzos and narcotics both legal and illegal. An informal poll in CA recently showed that 40% of medical marijuana users substituted Cannabis for Alcohol alone!!!! To anyone reading this I ask you not to believe what I'm sharing or the over 22,000 studies on Cannabis. I'm simply asking you to start with the word 'MAYBE". Maybe the information that has been supplied by the US government for the last 70 years is wrong, maybe my view of cannabis is not accurate, maybe our HUGE overflowing prison system is full of people who should not be there, maybe we can help society by listening to Science. Maybe we should legalize Cannabis, just Maybe.

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  9. Senator Campfield the remarks in your blog are typical of the fear and misinformation that has forced our Nation and State to suffer under an outdated and unenforceable prohibition against a plant. The prohibition of cannabis has failed and anyone that continues to support prohibition is dooming us to more failure. The fact the Republicans will "fast track" a hemp bill but won't even have a real discussion about medical cannabis is further proof of the hypocrisy and ignorance of cannabis prohibition. I am sending my full reply to you and your colleagues by email. If you wish to take a look for yourself it is at https://skydrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=43626011D202B00B!107&ithint=file%2c.pdf&app=WordPdf&wdo=2&authkey=!AAYTBTd5obXaEZw Thank you for your time. Steve Cooper

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  10. There is an enormous group of previously politically inactive people who will get involved so that they can have the same Cannabis freedoms as the other American states. The plight of the medical marijuana advocates will bring this to the forefront of Tennessee politics, the likes of which you have never seen. It's not at all too late to be on the right side of this. It's not to late to be a hero for handing over the cure for cancer, and many other horrible diseases. It's not to late. What's the saying? If you can't beat them, then join them. :)

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  11. There is scientific evidence showing that the THC compound is also medicinal. That the feeling of being "stoned" is actually part of the healing. It is similar to the feeling of deep relaxation that a person experiences during a therapeutic massage. Massage and other alternative health care procedures have been carefully studied using the scientific method and found to be stunningly good for health all across the board. The Cannabis herb is supposed to be a part of natural health care, or as we call it now "alternative health care". It is well documented that this is the way that it was in America before patenting drugs became a big business. My Great Great Grandfather was such a healer. He was a well respected herbal pharmacist. He gave Cannabis to his patients right here in America. (cira. 1900) I want the right to follow in his foot steps, as this is my inheritance. I also feel that this is my calling in life. I should heal others with my hands, with natural herbs and with my God given intuition.

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  12. If the people of Tennessee had any choice in any matter in this state, we would not have legislators defending their positions that are contrary to the want of their constituents. One of our basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution is the redress of grievances with the government. It was so important to the founders that it was included in the First Amendment.
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Why then, is this most basic of rights not recognized in Tennessee? If you believe a law is unjust and should be repealed, is that not a redress of a grievance? If you want to see a law passed, does that not fall into the same category?

    In Tennessee, we the people, are not allowed to gather signatures on a petition to place a measure on the ballot for the voters to decide. Instead we are left at the mercy of "legislators" to have our best interest at heart. Apparently these same "legislators" do not trust the people they were elected to represent to make their own decisions with respect to the law. It would seem that the only decision we can be trusted with is to elect the guy with the most signs and hope that he or she will do what is right.
    I will tell you this right now........If I am elected, the first thing I intend to do is introduce an amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution to give the people of Tennessee a real voice in the decision making process. If the rest of the "law makers" respond with a no vote, I will sue the state of Tennessee for violating our First Amendment rights.

    Of, by, and for the people........Never forget that or let someone tell you otherwise.

    www.facebook.com/DanBray4Tennessee

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  13. If we the people of Tennessee had any real choice in any matter in this state, we would not be forced to listen to "legislators" defend their positions which are contrary to the wants of their constituents.
    One of our basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution is the redress of grievances with the government. It was so important to the founders that it was included in the First Amendment.
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Why then, is this most basic of rights not recognized in Tennessee? If you believe a law is unjust and should be repealed, is that not a redress of a grievance? If you want to see a law passed, does that not fall into the same category?

    In Tennessee, we the people, are not allowed to gather signatures on a petition to place a measure on the ballot for the voters to decide. Instead we are left at the mercy of "legislators" to have our best interest at heart. Apparently these same "legislators" do not trust the people they were elected to represent to make their own decisions with respect to the law. It would seem that the only decision we can be trusted with is to elect the guy with the most signs and hope that he or she will do what is right.
    I will tell you this right now........If I am elected, the first thing I intend to do is introduce an amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution to give the people of Tennessee a real voice in the decision making process. If the rest of the "law makers" respond with a no vote, I will sue the state of Tennessee for violating our First Amendment rights.

    Of, by, and for the people........Never forget that or let someone tell you otherwise.

    www.facebook.com/DanBray4Tennessee

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    1. The vast majority of people that voted you in have stated that they are in favor of full legalization.. If you are concerned about your political career advancing would you not want to represent the people that have voted you in ?

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