Republican TN Governor Candidate Bill Lee On School Security & Medical Cannabis

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Candidates for Tennessee Governor are getting plenty of questions these days about medical cannabis, school security, and an upcoming statewide televised debate. It comes as each candidate in the past weeks has made their run official.

It’s been a busy week on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill for those running for Governor. They have all been filing their running papers.

“I wish that in as prosperous state as we are, we did not have rural counties so far behind,” said Republican Bill Lee.

Whoever becomes Governor next year will still face the issue of public school security. State lawmakers concede this year’s efforts are just a start. Lee favors an emphasis on mental health issue to curb potential school shooting violence.

“We start by pulling together experts around mental health and begin to say how is it that we can change a culture, begin to change a culture, not look so much at the shootings themselves, but what is behind them,” said Lee.

Another issue is medical cannabis. Lee would not go there without first going another direction.

“I think there is a lot more to be looked at with regard to the low THC/ CBD oils and explore that further before we go to higher level THC level marijuana,” said Lee.

Lee was asked about this year’s now stripped-down medical cannabis bill that only decriminalizes possession providing there’s a doctor’s order.

(You would veto such a thing?) “Until I knew more about an expanded use of non-THC marijuana; Yes” answered Lee.

Lee will be among the Republican candidates taking part in a statewide debate later this month

Two major Democrat candidates, Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh, also formally filed their petitions for Governor Monday. We’ll be catching up again with all the major candidates in the coming weeks.

The first live debate involving the four major Republican candidates for Governor is at 7:00 p.m. April 18th on Local 24.  

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