Nelson: There’s still time for Tennessee to hit pause on medical marijuana

The American people want it — 94 percent, according to one survey.

In Memphis, the City Council, led by Berlin Boyd and Martavius Jones, recently voted to endorse a bill in the state legislature to legalize it.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has been championing the cause in Washington for years and is currently sponsoring the CARERS Act, short for Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act.

Thirty-three states already allow it, including Arkansas starting later this year.

I’m talking about medical marijuana and, in some cases, marijuana period.

It’s a risky idea.

I’ll tell you why, but first a little background.

Most Americans of a certain age — including Bill Clinton and me — remember the ‘60s and ‘70s, when marijuana first became widely available. (Unlike Clinton, I freely admit that I inhaled). 

Smoking weed back then made many of us mellow, silly, even euphoric, and gave others of us a sore throat, which is

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