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Tennessee Poll Shows Majority Support For Cannabis Reform


tennessee marijuanaWhen you think of cannabis reform, the State of Tennessee is probably not the first thing that pops into your head. Tennessee is not known for being at the forefront of cannabis reform, and is considered to be a very conservative state. If a person is caught cultivating cannabis in Tennessee, or distributing over 14 grams of cannabis, they could be looking at up to six years in prison and a hefty fine. Selling a cannabis pipe or other paraphernalia can result in a similar prison sentence.

If there is any state in the country that needs cannabis reform, it’s Tennessee. According to a recent poll conducted by Vanderbilt University, an overwhelming majority of participants want some form of cannabis reform in Tennessee. When asked ‘Which comes closer to your view about the use of marijuana by adults?’ 32% of participants stated ‘It should be legal for personal use.’ 44% stated ‘It should be legal only for medicinal use,’ and only 22% stated ‘It should not be legal.’ When 76% of participants state it’s time for cannabis reform, compared to 22% supporting prohibition, it’s time for the leaders in Tennessee to listen.

This poll is a great example of how support for cannabis reform is not limited to certain states or geographical areas. Support for cannabis reform is nationwide. If a majority of people in Tennessee want reform, then I think it’s safe to say that there are few, if any, states that want to maintain the failed public policy that is cannabis prohibition.

Tennessee, like all other states, needs more jobs, more tax revenue, and a boost to the local economy. Colorado is proof that legalizing the cannabis industry works. Tennessee and every other state needs to follow Colorado’s lead. It’s time for a new approach.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

1 Comment

  1. Robert Dewayne King on

    Believe me , there is TONS of weed harvested up in those mnts every year ! It has been a very long time since I was last there , but I caint imagine much has changed !

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