Tennessee Lawmaker Pushing Legislation Allowing Marijuana for PTSD

An East Tennessee State lawmaker says he wants to bend anti–marijuana statutes in order to help war veterans suffering from post—traumatic stress disorder. Cosy Republican State Rep. Jeremy Faison says he will introduce legislation next month that would decriminalize marijuana used by veterans diagnosed with PTSD. He says many suffering vets tell him the medicinal properties of pot work far better at easing the condition than prescription drugs. Faison says he believes drug therapy may actually contribute to the high suicide rate observed in veterans. The bill expected to be in for rough—sledding in the conservative general assembly. Last month both health commissioner John Dreyzehner and safety commissioner bill gibbons spoke out against any effort to decriminalize the drug.

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