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Marijuana Law Reform Group Holds Nashville Gathering

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn – A local group that wants to see marijuana laws changed in Tennessee took the opportunity Saturday to educate others about the drug's medicinal uses.

April 20th is considered by some as a day to celebrate marijuana.

The Tennessee chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held a gathering all afternoon Saturday with panels, guest speakers and music for entertainment.

Even though some said more research needs to be done before relaxing marijuana laws in Tennessee, others pointed to the benefits the drug can have for those with illnesses.

"We'd like to educate the general benefits of medicinal marijuana for cancer patients, and hopefully their perspective will change," said Doak Patton with Tennessee NORML.

15 states have passed laws that decriminalize a first time conviction of having a small amount of marijuana -- that means its treated like a traffic violation.  Tennessee is not one of those states.

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