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Tennessee GOP Governor Candidate Puts Trump In Medical Marijuana Ad

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Tennessee’s Republican House speaker is asking voters for a promotion—to governor. And on Friday she released a campaign ad touting her support for legalizing medical marijuana. The spot also features President Trump voicing support for allowing seriously ill people to use cannabis.

“I am the only Republican candidate for governor who supports legalizing doctor-prescribed medical cannabis,” Beth Harwell says in the new ad.

“Many suffer. Veterans, children with seizures, cancer patients, our elderly,” she says in the 30-second spot, which was first reported by the Tennessean. “I just know if it were my loved one I would want this option.”

“President Trump agrees,” she says.

A clip of the president from a 2015 campaign rally is then shown.

“I think medical should happen, right?” he says. “Don’t we agree?”

“Opioids must not be our only option for those in pain,” Harwell adds.

Harwell came out in support of medical cannabis earlier this year, revealing that it helped her sister deal with the pain of a back injury.

Medical marijuana legislation was filed in the Tennessee legislature this session, but it did not advance to floor votes in the House or Senate.

The primary election will be held on August 2. Most polls show Harwell trailing Congresswoman Diane Black and former economic and community development commissioner Randy Boyd. The two candidates oppose marijuana law reform.

Harwell also held a press conference about medical cannabis on Friday.

While the Trump administration’s Department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, moved earlier this year to rescind Obama-era guidance protecting local marijuana laws from federal interference, the president himself recently voiced support for congressional legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition.

Trump also consistently said on the 2016 campaign trail that while he personally doesn’t support legalizing marijuana, he knows people who have benefitted from medical cannabis and would respect the right of states to implement their own marijuana laws.

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Photo courtesy of Beth Harwell.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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