After sister’s Colorado experience, Harwell ‘open’ to medical marijuana in TN

House Speaker Beth Harwell, campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, says treatment of her sister’s back injury has caused her to reevaluate Tennessee’s ban on medical marijuana, reports the Associated Press.

“She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the wrong way,” Harwell said. “And she was, of course, in a great deal of pain.”

But after the initial doses, she wanted to stop taking the painkillers.

“She called me and said, ‘I want you to know that if I continue this opioid regimen I will become addicted to opioids,'” Harwell said. “She said, ‘There was no doubt in my mind.'”

Harwell’s sister lives in Colorado where marijuana has been legalized, so she decided to send her husband out to buy her some of the drug, which she consumed mixed with coconut oil for four or five days until she felt better.

“So I have some personal interest in this now,” Harwell said.

Harwell said she still opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, citing her experience visiting her daughter when she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

“If you visit Boulder, you won’t be for the recreational use of marijuana,” she said.

Harwell earlier this year formed a House task force to work on proposals to address opioid and prescription drug abuse in Tennessee. She said the panel will evaluate medical marijuana as part of that process.

“We’re open to that, we’re looking at that,” said Harwell, though she cautioned that the Republican group of state lawmakers remains wary about the issue.

5 Responses to After sister’s Colorado experience, Harwell ‘open’ to medical marijuana in TN

  • Angie Jones says:

    Then she’s actually against ! We want no more Luke warm , pharma favoring , restrictive promoting/dictating oppressors ! She does not believe all cannabis use is medicinal and Preventative, nutrition we need , ignores our Endocannabinoid System…Judging people for utilizing the most useful safe plant on the planet . Cannabis consumption is not a drug addiction it’s smart utilization of this plant.

  • Paul Kuhn says:

    I wonder what Speaker Harwell saw in Boulder that turned her against legalization. Do you think it was like Lower Broad?!

    • Yvonne Neubert says:

      When I was a student at East Tennessee State University we did a small research project. At least 70% of the students admitted to being cannabis consumers. I would really like to know what her experience was to prompt her to such a statement. Who knows, she may have added that as political protection.

  • Ben Jones says:

    UNTIL something happens in a politician’s family, it’s a no go. When something does happen to someone in their family, Hey, this is a great idea, all of a sudden. Then she goes on to say that the assembly is “wary” of legalization. Um, they damn well better be wary of the VOTERS!!! They listen to US, the citizens They needs to be reminded of this DAILY!!!!

  • Nicole bucknet says:

    Having chronns disease and been to Colorado since the legalization I think we should legalize but only medical not recreational

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