EAST TN, (WDEF)-"Just look at the truth rather than the lies and the stigma that comes with it from years ago"
James Vargo of pro marijuana organization Norml believes what's happening in Colorado now needs to start in Tennessee.
"Kids with Different seizure disorders, they can do the CBD, the Cannabidiol oils and go from 300 seizures a day to 2 and 3 and act and play like a small child should"
His views are echoed by Nashville lawyer and State Representative Sherry Jones
who is working on legislation to bring legal pot to the Volunteer State.
"Some sponsors and then i'm sure we will be rushed into moving the bill if we are going to move it, so next week we should have our sponsors after that we will see what we need to do to get it into committee"
Jones added that her brother's pain and death from Crohn's disease has inspired her to bring medical marijuana to the South.
At Teen Challenge in Chattanooga, they have a very different perspective on the potential legalization of Marijuana.
Roger Helle has helped addicts and their families from across the south since the 1980's and does not support the legalization of marijuana.
"From my perspective legalizing it will increase the problem, open it up because it always seems to open it up to greater levels of addiction"
He said it is still a gateway drug and Tennessee has enough addiction problems already.
"At least 80% of the men and women I have dealt with over 35 years started out recreationally and it seems for the majority of them, pot was the drug of choice"
Helle's says his faith based organization has impacted the lives of over 3000 addicts in our region.Norml
say they will be opening a Smoky Mtn chapter of their pro pot organization in the coming weeks focusing on Chattanooga and Cleveland.
For Further Information:http://teenchallengeusa.com/program/http://norml.org/laws/item/tennessee-penalties-2