Tennessee GOP Candidate for Governor Supports Medical Marijuana

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State House Speaker Beth Harwell is running a TV ad about supporting medical marijuana as she tries to separate herself from the Republican field for Tennessee governor before the primary Aug. 2, 2018.

In the ad, Harwell says she’s the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who supports doctor-prescribed medical cannabis. The ad includes a 2015 clip of President Donald Trump saying he thinks “medical should happen.”

Alongside two doctors at a news conference Friday, July 20, 2018, Harwell said she supports use of oils and additives, not smokable marijuana. She said she isn’t supporting recreational marijuana.

Her position is a rare noteworthy policy difference in the field rounded out by ex-state economic development chief Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee and US Rep. Diane Black.

Harwell said it’s a compassionate care issue and said there’s public support.

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