Medical marijuana supporters hold rally in Johnson City - WNCT

Medical marijuana supporters hold rally in Johnson City

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Hundreds gathered for the Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally Saturday in Johnson City. The rally started at the Farmers Market on South Roan Street. Then supporters marched down W State of Franklin Rd. holding signs and cheering, many sharing their personal stories along the way.

"At 5 years old I was told that I would never have kids I'd be in a wheel chair by the time I was 23 years old. I have two kids, and I'm obviously not in a wheel chair yet...and it's because of marijuana," said Anthony Hignite. Hignite said he began using marijuana at the age of 8 to help with symptoms stemming from a muscular disorder.

Another participant said she would be a proponent of giving medical marijuana to her children if they had a disorder that caused them pain.

"I would absolutely be for medical marijuana with my children because I've heard so many instances of people having cured seizures and cancers and all that in their children," said Allison Folsom.

 Event Organizer Seth Green told News Channel 11 the rally was more than he imagined.

“People have been coming up to me and thanking me…for educating more people about the benefits of medical marijuana,” said Green.

Green said the rally is just a stepping stone on the road to making medical marijuana legal in Tennessee.

He said his hope is to get Tennessee House Bill 1385 passed and to make more people aware of medical marijuana's benefits.

An opponent to the bill, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, said the bill is not for Tennessee. He told News Channel 11 the only reason people “smoke pot is to get high”.

Green and other organizer plan on holding another rally in Knoxville on March 8th.

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