January 9, 2018
JACKSON, Tenn. — State lawmakers returned to Nashville Tuesday for the second half of the 110th General Assembly.
“I don’t want to say I’m going to support it or I’m against it until I know all the facts of both sides of it,” Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, R-Jackson, said.
Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said he is OK with marijuana for medicinal purposes.
“Anything we can do to help people get their healing through sickness, that’s one thing, but I would have to have a long discussion about just legalizing marijuana in general,” he said.
Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson, called marijuana a gateway drug.
“There are some merits to I guess some medical cannabis, but it’s got a long way to go to be controlled where it doesn’t become rampant and just a recreational drug,” he said.
Legislative leaders said a main focus this year will be opioid abuse.
“Too many people get caught up on it and it ruins