NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — It’s a hot topic in the state: whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Beth Harwell, the Tennessee Speaker of the House and a Republican candidate for governor, said she supports legalizing medical marijuana.
Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis went to Nashville to talk to her about what made her change her mind.
Beth Harwell has a sister who lives in Colorado and injured her back doing yoga.
“She was prescribed opioids,” said Harwell. “She would need to be on them for 12 weeks. She was in a body brace. She really realized after a couple weeks of action she would be addicted if she didn’t take an alternative course of action.”
So her sister, who is very health conscious and doesn’t do any drugs, asked her husband to go to the dispensarie and get her some medical marijuana.
“She didn’t smoke it,” Harwell explained. “Just put a little on her tongue and mixed it with coconut oil. It really got her through some tough days so she’s not on any medicine