On A Mission
Representative Jeremy Faison to introduce MMJ legislation to Bible Belt home state
Once Rep. Jeremy Faison “found out the truth about the plant” he had to act.
This month, Faison plans to introduce legislation in his home state of Tennessee similar to the medical marijuana initiative that passed in Florida this past election cycle.
This is not the first pro-cannabis move Faison’s taken in recent years, though, his actions came after a lot of research on why the plant was initially “demonized.”
Faison is a Christian, conservative, Trump supporting, NRA-endorsed republican. Before a few years ago, he “just accepted the same old lies we’ve all been told here in America” about marijuana, he said. “I thought it was for potheads.”
“By God, I see a glass that needs water, I’m going to get it filled up.”
– Jeremy Faison
He did not know about its medicinal properties. He did not know about the difference between pot and its counterpart non-psychoactive hemp. He did not know there were people even in his home state who would’ve chosen cannabis to treat their conditions but were forced to turn to pharmaceuticals, forced to deal with those dangerous and deadly side effects, forced to deal with the massive costs—until he started to meet them.
Most recently, Faison traveled to Colorado to meet families who use cannabis to treat their ailments. He documented their stories on his public Facebook page.
“I went out to interview the people who left my state,” he said. Some of these people had been on Medicare, spending tens of thousands of dollars a month on prescription drugs—drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration—and not getting the relief they needed. And then, now that they’re in Colorado using cannabis therapeutically, they spend less than $100 a month and they are doing much better, he said.
“That’s massive,” Faison said.
When Faison talks about cannabis, he talks about the people. He interjects, “she’s okay now, by the way,” because for him it’s not just about bringing some research and common sense legislation to his home state. It’s about putting in place a system that can help the residents of Tennessee.
“I want these people to come out of the shadows,” he said. “I’m hoping people will see the validity of this.”
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