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Rep. on Medical Cannabis Act: 'Hippies have grown up. We need to move forward'

"It's not the 60s. It's not the 70s. All the hippies have grown up. We need to move forward. We need to move up to 2014," said Tenn. State Representative Sherri Jones. "It's not the 60s. It's not the 70s. All the hippies have grown up. We need to move forward. We need to move up to 2014," said Tenn. State Representative Sherri Jones.
One Mid-South family says they have no other options. One Mid-South family says they have no other options.

(WMC-TV) - The Medical Cannabis Act stalled in committee Tuesday in Nashville. If passed, House Bill 1385 would allow Tennessee patients with a card to get prescribed medical cannabis, but legislators have concerns.

"It's not the 60s. It's not the 70s. All the hippies have grown up. We need to move forward. We need to move up to 2014," said Tenn. State Representative Sherri Jones.

The bill lists diseases and conditions where medical cannabis could be prescribed. Some lawmakers say the list is too broad; they fear medical cannabis would be available to people who want it for recreational use.

"Look at the other 22 states who already use this ... Who know how to dose it ... Some who have been using it for 16 years," said Jones.

One Mid-South family says they have no other options.

Peden Grauer's 2-year-old daughter, Chloe, suffers from a seizure disorder that requires 24 hour care. The family has nurses and uses almost a dozen medications to control the seizures.

She says her daughter has deteriorated. Chloe is on oxygen and has to be suctioned frequently just to breathe properly. She cannot hold her head up.

Grauer and her husband would like to try an oil, which some people call Charlotte's Web oil. It is derived from a type of marijuana plant that has been used successfully in Colorado and showing dramatic results in children with the disorder. The oil will not get users high.

"She was having hundreds of seizures a day," said Peden Grauer. "She's a sweet baby. She's such a sweet girl."

One of the sponsors of the bill plans to remove a small section and define exactly which diseases could be treated with medical cannabis to make the bill more acceptable to legislators.

It will come up in committee again next week.

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