Morristown mom supports medical marijuana bill

Morristown mom supports medical marijuana bill

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To help treat her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 36-year-old Jennifer Atkinson first tried medical marijuana about two years ago while living in Michigan. To help treat her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 36-year-old Jennifer Atkinson first tried medical marijuana about two years ago while living in Michigan.
"I was a mom before that, on the couch, after that I was off the couch and I was hands on," Atkinson said. "I was a mom before that, on the couch, after that I was off the couch and I was hands on," Atkinson said.
She quit using marijuana when she moved to Morristown in November for her job. Now, she's fighting to get it legalized in Tennessee. She quit using marijuana when she moved to Morristown in November for her job. Now, she's fighting to get it legalized in Tennessee.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown mother is voicing her support for medical marijuana. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make pot legal in Tennessee with a prescription.

To help treat her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 36-year-old Jennifer Atkinson first tried medical marijuana about two years ago while living in Michigan.

"I was nervous and I was skeptical," Atkinson said.  

That was when she saw results. She says taking cannabis oil every night made her more focused, healthier and even a better parent.

"I was a mom before that, on the couch, after that I was off the couch and I was hands on," Atkinson said.

By using her medical marijuana cards in Michigan, she says she was able to get off of the other prescriptions she was on.

"It can make people feel more alive. A lot of the prescription drugs bring you into a zone where you don't even know who you are a lot of times," Atkinson said.

She quit using marijuana when she moved to Morristown in November for her job. Now, she's fighting to get it legalized in Tennessee.

"We need a change, and that change is to better ourselves, educate ourselves. The idea is legalize it, educate and medicate," Atkinson said.

Melanie Reid, an associate professor of law at Lincoln Memorial University, tells 6 News she thinks the Tennessee bill will pass.

"There's more of an acceptance for marijuana and that's why more states are bringing it up. If they want to, my recommendation would be for them to legalize it at a recreational use versus for medical use because in the end that's what they want to do is pass it for recreational purposes," Reid said.

Supporters of the bill will be rallying March 8th in Knoxville. Opponents say marijuana is a gateway drug, and legalizing it in any way would encourage youth to try it. 

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