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Medical Cannabis gaining momentum in TN as alternative Opioid treatment

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Safe Access Tennessee, a group working to advance cannabis therapeutics is speaking out.

The medical marijuana group originally had plans to be part of tonight's Nashville Sounds educate Tennessee charity night -- when the entire event got canceled on Friday.

"Most people believe that when we start talking medicinal cannabis we're talking about smoking a joint- but with some of the research coming out of Israel, and even here in the United States, it's showing that cannabis based cremes, capsules things of that sort, are having a much better effect on patients than the opioids and everything being prescribed now," Matt Walczyk with Safe Access Tennessee said.

David Hairston is the chairman of the board for Safe Access Tennessee and Educate TN -- Hairston says on July 5th, his organization submitted an application to the Nashville Sounds to have a booth set up outside the stadium to educate people on the science behind medical marijuana -- but then, on Friday, the Sounds cancelled tonight's event, "First and foremost we had to let our members and supporters know as we had advertised the game to over 6,000 Tennessee citizens, through our various social media platforms," Hairston said.

In response, the front office of the Nashville Sounds says quote:

"When safe access educate tennessee first approached our organization, the information they presented was misleading as only education and health based.

After full disclosure which we received friday afternoon (august 11) of what the organization wanted to present, the medical cannabis platform is not one we Wish to feature at first tennessee park at this time. The organization was fully refunded."

Meantime, there is a new push within state government for medical marijuana -- that according to speaker Beth Harwell who says she is quote "open to the idea of medical marijuana -- and that several members of the house are working toward legislation.

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