The Cocke County Legislative Body voted last week to oppose a medical marijuana bill in the Tennessee General Assembly sponsored by State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby.

However, the issue was not on the agenda of the CLB for its Feb. 20 meeting and many commissioners later said they did not know the details of the resolution.

Mayor Crystal Ottinger has called a special meeting of the CLB for 6 p.m., March 1 in the Chancery courtroom.

Faison said that while he was disappointed by the vote, he believes the commissioners want to do the right thing for the community.

“Whatever happened to states’ rights and personal responsibility? So I hope when they come back for another vote they will understand that what I am doing has nothing to do with the recreational use of marijuana or smoking it. We have some very sick people right here in our community who are illegally using cannabis and you know what? They are alive. They begged me to do this,” Faison said.

The lawmaker said two-thirds of the country has legalized medical cannabis, and he believes the General Assembly will approve it as well “because it is so much safer than pills.”

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn issued a statement over the weekend saying he supports the CLB vote in opposition to Faison’s bill, and Greg Fodness, who is challenging Faison for the Eleventh District seat also issued a statement on social media applauding the CLB vote.

Faison said he respects Dunn’s position.

“Jimmy is one of the best people I know. I love him and respect him greatly, and we agree to disagree. He supports me and I support

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