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A Tennessee lawmaker has been hoping to change some minds about the use of medical marijuana in the state.
Representative Jeremy Faison has been working for three years gathering information and even visiting grow operations in Colorado.
He has now drafted an extensive 52-page bill that covers everything from seed to delivery.
The bill would allow for 50 growers, and the first 15 have to go to the most rural areas.
Faison said one grow could produce $20 million in revenue, plus 150 to 200 jobs.
The bill also allowed for ten qualifying diseases, including PTSD, cancer, and depression.
A doctor would prescribe the cannabis, then the department of health would send the patient a card.
A 2014 poll by MTSU showed a vast majority of Tennesseans agree that seriously ill patients should have access to medical cannabis.
Lawmakers will be voting on this bill at the end of February.
Coming off a four game winning steak, the Vols lost to Mississippi State 64-59 on Saturday in Starkville. Next up, Tennessee will Vols face Ole Miss on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Hear all the action starting at 5 p.m. on Your Home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country.
Smoke alarms installed as part of the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) “Get Alarmed” program are credited with saving 174 Tennesseans from fire danger over the past four years. The latest confirmed incidents bring the number of documented saves in 2016 to 46—a new state record. Previously, the most saves documented in a year were 43 in 2015.
The Get Alarmed program, launched in November 2012, is responsible for the distribution of over 141,000 free smoke alarms statewide. Nearly 500 fire department and community outreach partners work to install the 10-year battery alarms for residents in need. The life-saving program takes special focus during the high-risk winter months when fire fatalities historically increase.
The latest documented “Get Alarmed” save occurred in Memphis during the early morning hours of December 30, 2016. The Memphis Fire Department (MFD) responded to a single family house fire with smoke visible upon arrival. All four residents, including three adults and one child, managed to escape safely after being alerted to the fire by a state-supplied smoke alarm installed by MFD in February 2013. The cause of the fire was determined to be a space heater that was positioned too close to combustible material. Damage to the home was estimated at $30,000.
Tennessee residents can request a free smoke alarm by visiting www.tn.gov/fire. For more information on making your home fire-safe, download and print the State Fire Marshal’s home fire safety checklist.
Sportsmen are reminded that a free permit is required to participate in the 2017 Light Goose Conservation season which will be held Feb. 12-March 10.
The application for the free permit is now available on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website by clicking here.
The Light Goose Conservation season is for Blue, Snow and Ross’s geese. The following provisions apply during the Light Goose Season only which are unplugged shotguns and electronic calls. Shooting is allowed 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset.
There is no daily bag or possession limit during this season. No federal or state waterfowl stamps are required to hunt during the conservation season. Hunters must possess a Light Goose Conservation Season permit and have a valid hunting license, but the hunting license may be from any state.
Ruth’s Salads has announced a recall of its Original Pimento Spread in 7-ounce plastic containers after determining it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
A statement from the Charlotte-based company on Thursday said the contamination was discovered during random testing by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Consumers should check the label: Any spread from Lot #16, with a sell-by date of April 30, 2017, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
So far, no illnesses have been reported. The recalled spread was distributed in grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Virginia and Tennessee.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.