NEWPORT—Meeting in regular session Tuesday evening, the Cocke County Legislative Body surprised several as they voted to oppose the Medical Cannabis Act, which is being sponsored in the Tennessee General Assembly by 11th District State Representative Jeremy Faison.
A lengthy agenda did not face county commissioners on Tuesday evening, however, Commissioner Robert Green asked to be put on the agenda under reports from the CLB’s General Committee to speak regarding Cocke County.
Green approached the podium where he presented his arguments against the Medical Cannabis Act, which is House Bill 1749. The bill has been a controversial topic in the community, with support and dissent from various corners.
“I got the bill on that and after reading and studying it, and I got quite disturbed about it,” Green said from the podium. “And I look farther and hear a lot of people say “medical” it helps some, and I am not looking at medical as far as does it help or not.”
Green went on to argue that the federal government recognizes marijuana as