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Medical Marijuana Bill Dead This Session
AP Wednesday March 22, 2017
A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill that would legalize medical marijuana is dead for this year's legislative session.
Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison says there's currently not enough support in the Senate for the change.
Faison's bill would have let people use prescribed marijuana to treat a variety of ailments, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.
It also would have allowed 50 grow operations in Tennessee, with the first 15 in distressed areas.
On Tuesday, the Cosby lawmaker helped kill a separate resolution that he says would've pigeonholed Tennessee into waiting for additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration action.
Faison said some lawmakers feared their constituents would vote against them for supporting medical marijuana. He contended there will be a greater consequence for opponents because of positive polling for medical marijuana.
Beavers Considering Run for Governor
Wednesday March 22, 2017
State Senator Mae Beavers is reportedly considering a run for Governor in 2018.
The four term Republican Senator from Mount Juliet has not yet filed any official paperwork and is still in the very early stages of a potential campaign.
Republicans Randy Boyd of Knoxville, former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner and State Senator Mark Green of Clarksville have already officially declared and State House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville and U.S. Rep. Diane Black are considering campaigns. But Green is now being considered for Secretary of the Army by President Donald Trump.
On the Democratic side, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is the only formally declared candidate and Democratic House Leader Craig Fitzhugh is considering a run.
Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Tuesday March 21, 2017
The Warren County Commission Monday night approved a resolution to rescind an earlier measure that passed as Motlow College was applying for a grant to fund construction of an Advanced Robotics Center. The earlier resolution conveyed 4.35 acres to Motlow for the Robotic Center, but it contained a right of reverter clause that would ensure the land would be titled back to the county in the event that Motlow didn't receive the grant.
Since the passage of that resolution, Motlow has received the grant money, therefore the right of reverter clause is no longer necessary. The measure that passed Monday night removes that clause.
In other business, commissioner voted to reappoint Judicial Commissioners Jim Hartman, Hilda Martin, Walter McClarren, Ken Mullican, Mike Neal, Susan Newby, Ervin White and David Williams.
Jay Walker Tuesday March 21, 2017
The Warren County Pioneers defeated Stone Memorial 10-0 in five innings Monday night to get their second district win of the season.
Noah Fann allowed no hits through five innings. Colby Elkins had 4 RBI with a triple and a single. Taisei Yasunaga and Wesley Jennings also had two hits a piece for the Pioneers.
Warren County travels to Stone Memorial Tuesday night for a 5:30 game. The game will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.
Harwell May Run for Governor
AP Tuesday March 21, 2017
A former Tennessee GOP leader says state House Speaker Beth Harwell told her she is running for governor, but the Nashville Republican says she will make her decision after the current legislative session.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Susan Richardson Williams, a former Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman, posted on Facebook last week that Harwell called to let her know she's running for governor.
Harwell confirmed Monday that she has been making calls to prospective supporters but stressed that she won't make a decision about whether to mount a bid until after the Legislature adjourns for the year.
Sitting lawmakers are banned from raising money during the legislative session.
The Republican field to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam so far includes state Sen. Mark Green and businessman Randy Boyd.