NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee voters will choose a new governor this year and the candidates’ views of legalizing medical marijuana could be a deciding factor for some voters.
Republican Diane Black opposes it, saying marijuana is a gateway drug. Bill Lee and Randy Boyd are non-committal, wanting testing and input from law enforcement and the medical community.
On the other side, Republican Beth Harwell is open to the idea, while Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh both support medical marijuana with conditions.
If it was a matter of what voters want, medical marijuana would already be legal in the Volunteer State.
House Majority Leader Glen Casada, a Republican from Williamson County, has concerns about medical marijuana becoming legal in Tennessee.
“This is a popular item. Tennesseans, probably close to 60 percent, want it approved for medical use,” Casada said.
A 2018 Quinnipiac University poll showed 91 percent support for allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes.
A 2017 Prevention Magazine survey found 75 percent of those asked believe medical marijuana should be legal.
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