The state affiliate of NORML, the organization that seeks to legalize marijuana, is making a more aggressive push in Tennessee with the unveiling of a billboard near the Capitol.
The billboard makes the case for medical use. It will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Third Avenue North and Gay Street.
“It is time for Tennessee to seriously consider the facts about medical marijuana,” said Doak Patton, president of Tennessee NORML. “It’s time to end the war on medical cannabis that’s targeting sick and elderly Americans.”
The billboard includes the message “It’s time for an honest discussion about medical marijuana” and depicts an older woman with a small child. She asks if it is “a crime for a grandmother to use medicine to help with her pain.”
The billboard is scheduled to be up for at least six months.
Patton said Tennessee NORML is also considering other advertising avenues to get out its message.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to legalize medical marijuana, but none is in the South