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White Paper on Cannabis Policy - Lessons from around America
Few legislative and regulatory issues in the United States are as polarizing as cannabis legalization. No matter your perspective, cannabis is being legalized in many states and countries around the world for both medical and adult recreational use. In 1972, the Shafer Commission appointed by President Nixon, called for the decriminalization of Cannabis. In 2016, nine states had medical and recreational cannabis-related questions on their ballots. Currently, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of cannabis. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use. The debate over legalization of any kind has engaged state and local governments, advocacy groups, the agriculture industry, marketers, researchers and consumers alike. The 2017 National Cannabis Summit held August 28-30 in Denver, CO, provided a structure for an objective national discussion of policies and regulatory approaches to enhance public health and safety, improve prevention and treatment, and to respond to changing cannabis policies.
TAADAS members have engaged in this debate at our monthly meetings and remain equally curious about the policy, social and medical ramifications of legalization – especially since many of the published reports seemed contradictory and confusing. TAADAS elected to send members and staff to the Summit to engage in discussion first hand and learn what we could from our colleagues. Over 350 people attended the Summit, many of which were from states who had legalized cannabis, but seeking ideas to improve existing policies.
Upon return, the Summit attendees outlined three main areas of focus – prevention, treatment and regulatory policy. Our key findings from the Summit and recommendations for any future legalization for medical use in Tennessee, should it be considered, are outlined in this publication which can be downloaded below.
The Tennessee Lifeline Peer Project is working in partnership with the Tennessee REDLINE to help clients navigate the process of getting into treatment.
August 8, 2017
June 29, 2017
New Report Now Available: Trends in Substance Use Disorders Among Adults Aged 18 or Older
June 28, 2017
GOP Healthcare Concerns
The Tennessee REDLINE has kicked off its warm handoff process. The new procedures allow for clients to stay connected with a live operator until they are passed directly to a treatment provider.
April 2 - 5, 2018
The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is where solutions are formulated, stakeholders convene, and change begins. Be part of the international discussion on addressing the opioid crisis by attending the 2018 Summit.
Rx Summit Presentation Documents
Tennessee department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has shared its Fast Facts document.
Fast Facts provides a quick overview of key statistics about mental health and substance abuse in Tennessee as well as budget and service information for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
The next legislative session
begins in February and TAADAS has several goals for the upcoming session including:
Increase in state funding for substance use disorder treatment services and recovery housing.
Address parity enforcement and ensure review mechanisms are in place to guarantee behavioral health care services are as accessible as physical health care services.
IMD Caps with Medicaid Block grants, monitor the present residential services that are in place for addictions treatment due to the 1115 Waiver and what will happen to these services if Tennessee transitions to block grant funding for Medicaid.