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 Rep. Jeremy Faison.
Commissioner Robert Green asked to be put on the agenda under reports from the CLB’s General Committee to speak regarding Cocke County.
Green 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.
Green said that the federal government recognizes marijuana as a controlled substance. Green then pointed out that there are no exceptions in federal law that marijuana can be used for medical purposes. Green also argued that federal law supersedes state law, and the FDA has determined that marijuana has a high potential for abuse.
Green then asked