Beth Harwell’s ‘Major Announcement’: She Supports Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) held a press conference this morning, which she had promised would be a “major announcement,” in which she restated her support for legalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee.

“Alongside two doctors at a news conference Friday, Harwell said she supports use of oils and additives, not smoking marijuana. She said she isn’t supporting recreational marijuana,” the Associated Press reported shortly after noon on Friday:

State House Speaker Beth Harwell is running a TV ad about supporting medical marijuana as she tries to separate herself from the Republican field for Tennessee governor before the Aug. 2 primary.

In the ad, Harwell says she’s the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who supports doctor-prescribed medical cannabis. The ad includes a 2015 clip of President Donald Trump saying he thinks “medical should happen.”

Harwell first indicated she was inclined to support the legalization of medical marijuana in Tennessee back in August 2017, a position she restated in January.

In February, Harwell cast the tie breaking vote to move “The Medical Cannabis Act” out of a committee of the Tennessee House of Representatives, despite opposition from the law enforcement community, as The Tennessee Star reported.

That bill was subsequently withdrawn from consideration.

Harwell’s campaign sent out this tweet during this morning’s press conference:



With one week and six days until the August 2 primary election, most polls show that Harwell remains in a distant fourth place in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, well behind Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06).







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7 Thoughts to “Beth Harwell’s ‘Major Announcement’: She Supports Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Tennessee”

  1. […] House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) launched a new television ad in connection with her “major announcement” on Friday that she was backing efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee.  The latest Harwell […]

  2. Silence Dogood

    Anyone else disgusted with her? Rolling onto her back for Haslam to make LaRaza Randy look more conservative. What next Beth, abortions paid for by a special tax on churches? Beth you are disgusting but very consistently disgusting Ms Gas Tax.

  3. Baskerville

    No true Christian would be in favor of this. It is just one more step down the slippery slope to recreational marijuana and legalized crac k cocaine and meth.

  4. 83ragtop50

    Wow! Really, just another reason to ignore her.

  5. Dave Vance

    Endorsement from High Times pending!