Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US TN: Pot Referendum Bill Dies In Senate

    Commercial Appeal, 19 Apr 2016 - A bill that would have allowed Tennesseans to weigh in on whether to decriminalize possession of low-level amounts of marijuana has failed in the Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee killed the proposal April 12. The measure, which was sponsored by Memphis Democrats Antonio Parkinson and Sara Kyle, would not have legalized marijuana possession. Instead, it would have allowed voters to make their opinion known on whether police should arrest people in possession of one ounce of marijuana or less or give them a warning instead.
  2. US TN: PUB LTE: Cannabis Prohibition Is A Farce

    The Tennessean, 14 Apr 2016 - If "reason and honesty" were part of the public discourse regarding cannabis (marijuana) prohibition (Letter: "Marijuana misinformation," by Bob Alley, April 3, 2016), it would never have been orchestrated from the beginning. Historically, its existence is due to racism, greed and the omission of science.
  3. US TN: LTE: Painkillers Not A Treatment

    The Tennessean, 14 Apr 2016 - Re: "Culture of healing needed to battle painkiller addiction," by David Plazas, April 8. In response to your article, I would like to express how strongly I agree that our culture relies entirely too much on painkillers.
  4. US TN: PUB LTE: Painkillers A Necessity

    The Tennessean, 14 Apr 2016 - Having read your articles on overdose and abuse of opioids, I had to wonder your aim in these reports and to notice that your advertisers were rehab and insurance companies. To everyone who has lost a loved one to overdose, my sympathy, but to state that opioids are not an effective means of pain management for chronic pain is inconceivable. For the help that I experience through them, it is an oasis in an otherwise consistent sea of hurt.
  5. US TN: Former Corrections Officer Gets Time

    Commercial Appeal, 12 Apr 2016 - A former corrections officer was sentenced to one year plus one day in prison and an inmate was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a scheme to smuggle marijuana into the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, the office of U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said Monday. The corrections officer, Keair Kemp, 33, of Horn Lake, and inmate Travonte Johnson, 34, of Millington, planned last year to smuggle the drug into the prison, according to a news release.
  6. US TN: LTE: Marijuana Misinformation

    The Tennessean, 03 Apr 2016 - Re: "Cannabis prohibition does more harm than good," by Cecily Friday Shamim, and "Patients deserve access to medical marijuana," by Allison Barker Watson, Sunday Insight, March 27. Please be more objective and honest in your selection of guest editorial writers than your March 27 "Point/Counterpoint," which contained two letters from pot lobbyists who used emotion rather than science to encourage our society toward addiction and brain damage.
  7. US TN: PUB LTE: Cannabis Realities

    The Tennessean, 03 Feb 2016 - I'm sure Dr. Greg Elam means well (Re: "Live Drug-Free," Jan. 14), however, cannabis (marijuana) isn't a "drug" but rather a God-given plant as described on literally the very first page of the Bible. The plant cannabis should not be compared with drugs that kill "50 people a day" since it has not killed one single person in over 5,000 years of documented medical use. That's safety on a Biblical scale.
  8. US TN: LTE: Live Drug-Free

    The Tennessean, 14 Jan 2016 - Re: "Tennessee must get with the times on medical marijuana," by David Hairston, Dec. 13. Regarding Mr. Hairston's article about legalizing medical marijuana, I found the logic faulty for the following reasons:
  9. US TN: PUB LTE: Marijuana Vs. Opioid Abuse

    The Tennessean, 14 Jan 2016 - States that permit qualified patients to access medical marijuana via dispensaries possess 24.8 percent lower rates of opioid addiction and overdose deaths than states where medical marijuana is illegal, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonpartisan think tank. In Tennessee in 2014, deaths from opioid overdose exceeded deaths by car accident and also exceeded deaths by gunshot.