New push for medical marijuana bill in Tennessee

New push for medical marijuana bill in Tennessee

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We first introduced you to the Koozer family, Justin, Annie and their 2-year-old daughter Piper back in the fall We first introduced you to the Koozer family, Justin, Annie and their 2-year-old daughter Piper back in the fall
The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Bill is named for one family who moved from Knoxville to Colorado for the chance to use marijuana for their two-year-old The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Bill is named for one family who moved from Knoxville to Colorado for the chance to use marijuana for their two-year-old
Now their name is on a bill that they hope will help others. It's sponsored by Rep. Jones Now their name is on a bill that they hope will help others. It's sponsored by Rep. Jones

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new bill in Tennessee aims to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Bill is named for one family who moved from Knoxville to Colorado for the chance to use marijuana for their two-year-old.

State Representative Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) has introduced a similar bill a half a dozen times but she feels that with the changing attitude nationwide, this year could be different.

We first introduced you to the Koozer family, Justin, Annie and their 2-year-old daughter Piper back in the fall. Piper suffers from a rare disease called Aicardi Syndrome. In October, they moved 1,300 miles to Colorado to treat their daughter with a special strain of marijuana that they administer orally.

Three months later, they're seeing results.

"At one time she was having 400 spasms a day, now were seeing one, maybe two, maybe zero, single seizures a day, it's pretty incredible," said Justin Koozer.

Now their name is on a bill that they hope will help others. It's sponsored by Rep. Jones.

"I just think it's time we do the compassionate thing for people who need our help and move forward with it," said Rep. Jones in a phone interview. 

Rep. Jones has introduced a similar bill several times but she hopes Piper's story, as well as others like it, will help move it forward.

"When they hear some of the stories and they see some of the people that it really makes a difference for, it makes their quality of life better then they might go ahead and say this is the time for a compassionate vote not a political vote," said Rep. Jones.

The Koozer's know they have a long road ahead, and while they were fortunate to be able to move to Colorado for Piper, many others don't have that option.

"We know a lot of families back in Tennessee that are almost held hostage by the laws because they know there is an option, they know it's not a miracle cure, just to have another option that doesn't have side effects. And then they can't get it in the state, they have to move across country, so what we hope is we can at least help one family," said Koozer.

The bill is still in the early stages. It still needs a senate sponsor. View the bill here.

 

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