US TN: PUB LTE: Stigma Of Addiction Kills
The Tennessean, 17 Nov 2015 - Why do families have to wait until their husbands, brothers, sons or fathers die before they can talk about the disease that killed them? On Nov. 2 the National Academy of Sciences released the study "Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife Among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century," which was co-authored by one of the recent winners of the Nobel Prize in economics.
US TN: PUB LTE: Change Marijuana Laws
Commercial Appeal, 01 Nov 2015 - Memphis In reference to the Oct. 25 article a=C2=80=C2=9CThe bipartisan marijuana myth,a=C2=80=C2=9D in 1937 Harry Anslinger testified before Congress on t he evils of marijuana. Congress made it illegal (The Marijuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937). He later admitted his testimony was not true and in fact marijuana was relatively harmless. The La Guardia Commission report on marijuana also found it was relatively harmless.
US TN: Cohen Joins Call For Lower Incarceration Rates
Commercial Appeal, 27 Oct 2015 - U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen added his voice Friday to the growing number of officials calling for reforms to end the nation's high rates of incarceration for nonviolent and lower-level drug offenders. In a speech to the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association's fall institute in Washington, Cohen, D-Memphis, also called for the collection of national statistics on the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies. He said a bill he has introduced called the National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act would give lawmakers and the public "the numbers we need to measure the problem so we can figure out how best to address it."
US TN: Column: The Bipartisan Marijuana Myth
Commercial Appeal, 25 Oct 2015 - Violent Crime, Not Dope, Keeps Our Prisons Full Drug offenders account for only 19.5 percent of the total state-federal prison population, most of whom, especially in the federal system, were convicted of dealing drugs such as cocaine, heroin and meth, not "smoking marijuana."
US TN: LTE: Beware Effects Of Marijuana
The Tennessean, 19 Oct 2015 - Re: "Pot battle gears back up in California," Oct.12. In all of the thrilling excitement of marijuana legalization, no one has had the integrity recently to mention the Northwestern Medicine/Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School series of studies of 2012, 2013 and 2014 which prove that "casual use of marijuana is related to major brain changes."
US TN: Manhunt Is On
Commercial Appeal, 03 Aug 2015 - Police Issue Warrant for Suspect in Slaying of Officer Memphis police were looking Sunday for a 29-year-old bank robber they believe shot and killed one of their own after a traffic stop Saturday night.
US TN: LTE: Marijuana Laws Should Be Obeyed
Kingsport Times-News, 23 Jun 2015 - Regarding the letter of Mr. Siebold of June 8 about legalization of pot, at the time those that are not in jail committed their crimes, a law was on the books stating the status for their disobedience, which means a disrespect for the law by the lawbreakers. Mr. Siebold dismisses not only the legality but also the morality of the crime. Marijuana is a drug. It sounds as if he wants it to be legal to get high (which is the main reason for its use), and then when something bad happens, he can blame it on the drug instead of personal actions. Laws are written to be obeyed and abided by. Just because a law is continually broken does not mean it is a bad law. Consequences of punishment by a broken law have no effect on those that do not break them.
US TN: Medicinal Cannabis Oil Legal In Tenn.
Commercial Appeal, 06 May 2015 - Could Be Rx for Kids' Seizures It's now legal to use cannabis oil for limited medical purposes in Tennessee. And the Mathes family is ready. The East Tennessee family already had the oil and a recommendation from a doctor before Monday. Their 1-year-old daughter, Josie, still has the seizures that have plagued her short life.
US TN: If CBD Oil Becomes Law Monday, It Could Have Far Reaching
Kingsport Times-News, 12 Apr 2015 - Legalizing cannabis oil for use as an alternative medicine is coming up for a full vote in the Tennessee legislature on Monday after sailing through every committee. If the bill passes, it would have far reaching effects throughout the state. It would affect law enforcement, health care workers and, maybe most importantly, seizure patients. An amendment was added to the bill during the House Health Committee which added access to people suffering from epilepsy, opening up the number of patients who could potentially have access to the oil.