Amanda Letheren, Guest columnist Published 4:00 p.m. ET May 9, 2018
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Who decides if marijuana is safe? The Food and Drug Administration? Congress? The Supreme Court? None of the above, so it seems.
Twenty-nine states have laws legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana, and Tennessee was close to being next this past General Assembly. Supporters of medical marijuana reform say at least 65,000 Tennesseans could benefit from what is called “safe” and regulated access to marijuana. Yet, marijuana use is still federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, and marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance, right next to heroin and LSD.
Confused? Me, too. There is more public support for marijuana law reform than ever before with new polls showing more than half the country in favor of legalizing marijuana. But who gets to determine if marijuana is safe? What is the definition of safe? This endless debate escalates some compelling legal and policy questions with