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Is hell freezing over? The answer very well may be yes especially if you take into consideration some of the headlines surrounding the cannabis industry this week. At the top of the list, a story that has cannabis patients and activists jumping for joy is the recent news of the draconian DEA Chief by the name of Chuck Rosenberg stepping down from his position which he took back in 2015. Chuck “I Hate Cannabis” Rosenberg made waves throughout the cannabis culture and community when he made an uneducated and quite frankly offensive quote regarding cannabis early on in his career as the DEA chief. In 2015 Chuck Rosenberg be quoted saying the following.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal because it’s not” “If you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana, which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

Isn’t that just ignorant?  Anyone who has taken the time to do even the slightest bit of research can easily see that there are undeniable medical benefits offered by cannabis. Whatever the decision to resign was based upon all we can say to Chuck at this point is thank you for stepping down. We hope that more draconian thinking politicians and government officials would be like Chuck and give up! Cannabis has been here for thousands of years and will be here for thousands more thanks to the individuals throughout the cannabis community and culture who fight for it every day. Cannabis legalization is coming to every state, it is only a matter of time.

Speaking of legalization coming to every state, I am highly impressed with the dialogue coming out of TN this week! Cannabis headlines this week have on multiple occasions mentioned the state of Tennessee. Could it be that the movement to bring medical cannabis to my home state is finally gaining some ground? Advocates and patients throughout the state who could drastically benefit from the legalization of medical cannabis became very excited last year when representative Jeremy Faison introduced a bill to bring medical cannabis to the state. Unfortunately, it was shot down quickly by other representatives even though the majority of residents feel it should be legal for medical purposes.

Early this year Tennessee announced that they would be implementing a medical cannabis task force to study the benefits legalization of medical cannabis could have for the state and its residents. This past week the first Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force meeting took place in Nashville. One of the speakers at this meeting was Representative Jeremy Faison. He made many good points as to why cannabis should be legalized and can be quoted stating the following to other representatives in the room, many of whom are not as supportive of cannabis as Faison.

“Whether you like it or not, cannabis is coming to America.”

An announcement was also made recently regarding a medical cannabis-focused class for nurses in the state of TN. The Tennessee Research Institute and Patients Out of Time are hosting “The Endocannabinoid System and Medical Cannabis” class at the Nashville Bar Association in Nashville TN.

Attendance at this class will earn TN nurses 6 CEU Credits. The class is being administered by Mary Lynn Mathre an RN, MSN, CARN and the co-founder of Patients Out of Time. The class will be focused on the Endocannabinoid System, cannabinoids, terpenes, the differences between THC and CBD, how cannabis interacts with opioids and much more.

If you ask me, progress may be starting to be made in the state of TN and in the federal government. The only question is, what’s next? It’s hard to imagine that the next DEA Chief could be any more of a hater towards cannabis than what Rosenburg has been so this could mean some good news for the culture and community as a whole. Now when it comes to TN, it’s up in the air at this point. What can be seen though is that eyes are starting to open for this much talk to even be taking place in a state such as TN. It’s also good to see that the front line of our healthcare system is finally getting the chance to officially educate themselves on the truths of cannabis and the indigenous endocannabinoid system.

Article courtesy of Expert Contributor: AshleyP from CannaLance (CannaLance.com, @CannaLance, @MJWriter87)

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