Tennesseans showed up to legislature meetings on Tuesday making their plea for legalizing medical marijuana.

A West Tennessee non-profit group descended on Nashville to speak to lawmakers.

Part of the group went inside, the rest stayed outside to rally in the streets.

Most of the group were former surgery patients, hoping their first-hand experience could sway votes.

“A lot of us are patients. I broke eight vertibrates. I did 2-and-a-half years of medication. I took 14 pills, tht’s no way to live,” said Lee Otts, NORML Memphis. “I started trying cannabis and my quality of life started improving, my medication went down.”

Lawmakers are debating several issues. Medical legalization, full legalization and decriminalization of marijuana.

The group also said medical marijuana could be a good substitute for opioids and help curb the crisis.

Copyright 2019 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Multimedia Producer

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.