MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The debate surrounding medical cannabis continues in Tennessee. Lawmakers are studying the potential impacts of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in the state.
A task force consisting of state senators and representatives are taking a harder look at the issue. While research continues before the next legislative session, a family in Maryville is advocating for their beliefs in the plant.
Megan and Jeff Pass have a five-year-old son named Blake, who’s living with autism and epilepsy.
“It’s very heartbreaking. Very heartbreaking. Especially the moments he has those seizures,” said Jeff Pass.
Blake takes nine prescriptions a day. His family is hoping to change that with medical marijuana.
“We have researched, almost half, if not all those pharmaceutical medications that are man-made, could go away with cannabis oil,” added Jeff Pass.
The special committee formed by members of Tennessee’s legislature has the sole purpose of examining the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana.
“We’ve had witnesses that have come in from both out of state and in state that