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Dolores R. Gresham

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Petitioning Beth Harwell, Bill Haslam, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Steve Cohen, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, John Duncan, Diane Black, Phil Roe, Scott DesJarlai...

Support the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Tennessee

Tennessee has an alarming opioid and amphetamine problem (states that have legalized cannabis have seen a significant drop in opioid and amphetamine abuse) Tennessee spent $43 million in 2010 on prosecuting the 42% of their drug arrests which were for a half-ounce of Cannabis or less (States that have legalized cannabis have not only minimized costs of incarceration, but have profited heavily from tax revenue, even to the point of excess revenue. In part, this means extra money towards healthcare and education. This also gives officers more time to handle the more pressing issues of opioid and amphetamine abuse)  Tennessee has been and is currently in the top 5 states for the production and exportation of Cannabis (This means Cannabis is already vastly influenced in the state and isn't going away. Legalizing and regulating it would create thousands of jobs and ensure the production and distribution is safe [not laced with other drugs] and going into the hands of legally acquiring citizens [21 and up])  What Cannabis Can do: lower blood pressure, quell anxiety and depression, boost AND lower metabolism, repair damaged organs and tissues, fight insomnia and sleep paralysis, reverse the effects of Alzheimer's and arthritis, slow and sometimes effectively stop the growth of tumors, promote creativity and sense of well being, promote brain cell growth... The list goes on. What Cannabis cannot do: Kill you from overdose, damage your heart, increase your risk of bleeding, increase the risk of suicide especially in teens and young adults, interact negatively with other medications...  These are only a fraction of positive influences that the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis could do for this state and the people in this state. All we are asking, is for the right to grow and consume a plant that was here before we were.  This isn't a petition to get high, it's a petition to better a hurting state. 

Samuel Andrews
1,519 supporters
Petitioning Tennessee General Assembly

Parents Deserve More Great Public Charter School Options : Vote YES on HB702/SB830

We, the undersigned, stand in strong support of legislation reforming the charter school authorization appeals process as championed by Speaker Beth Harwell, Representative Mark White and Senator Dolores Gresham. The goal of this bill is simple: to incorporate national best practices in the charter school authorization appeals process and to ensure that politics no longer serve as a roadblock in decisions impacting public education opportunities for Tennessee's children. We are pleased to support HB 702/SB 830, and in so doing support quality charter schools.

Tennessee Charter Schools Association VOICE, StudentsFirst Tennessee, Democrats for Education Reform Tennessee
1,002 supporters
Petitioning Cecile Bledsoe, Jonathan Dismang, Linda Chesterfield, Ronald Caldwell, David Fielding, Blake Johnson, Deborah Ferguson, LeAnne Burch, Trent Garner, Stephen Meeks, Joyce Elliott, Greg Leding, Larry ...

Help Abolish the Statute of Limitations in GA, FL, AR, MS, TN for Sex Crimes

This petition is for legislators in Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennesse to get abolish the statute of limitations for felony Rape, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Battery. 

Sarah Marchand
796 supporters
Petitioning Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Marsha Blackburn

We want harsher punishment for drivers that hit motorcyclists.

On July 23, 2016, I was hit on Interstate 24 East, by a driver of a Chevy pickup. The man had gotten on the interstate an exit after us. He cut off a trail vehicle and another motorcyclist that was behind me, before coming up beside me, yelling for me to "get the hell off of the road" and then cutting me off and sharing the lane with the motorcyclist in front of me. I wanted to get a tag number so that I could call the incident in to the police. I got behind the driver and just before the exit that we were going to get off of, I got into the right lane. The driver then crossed the double lines and hit the front end of my bike. I tried to slow down as quickly as I could before me and the bike went down. He then got back into the left lane and tried to get away. The other motorcyclists that I was with was able to follow him to the next exit and prevent him from leaving by boxing him in. The man told them that he didn't hit anyone and that he had to go. The local police department told those motorcyclists that they were wrong to have followed him. I have a fractured left ankle and tibia. I have a shattered left femur and knee. I have a broken right shoulder. We don't want to talk about all of the road rash. This man was only cited with speeding, immediate notification, and leaving the scene of an accident. What we need in order to be seen, is a harsher punishment for these motorists. They clearly have no regard to our lives while we are out enjoying something that brings us peace and joy. If they know that the punishment were harsher for not paying attention or even hitting us on purpose, then maybe they will respect the law a little more. We could be the one that passed a back pack full of school supplies to their child or children for free. We could be the person that purchased a toy for their child or children because they weren't able to provide. They fail to see that we serve our community in such ways. We work with the Department of Human Services and other Not for profit organizations. We are people too. We have jobs, families, degrees, and it just so happens we have a passion for bike riding too. Unfortunately, my life is placed on hold. I have to depend on other to help me get from one place to another, go to the bathroom, bathe, financially, etc. The man that hit me, well he is still living his life without any handicaps. We need to send a message to these drivers. We need to decrease the amount of motorcycle fatalities and injuries by letting the people that hit us as well as other motorists know that the punishment will be much more than a moving or nonmoving violation. They need to be charged criminally. Suddenly when you throw the words murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter around, it gets their attention. Let TN be the state that protects it's bikers!

726 supporters
Petitioning David Kustoff, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Phil Roe, John Duncan, Steve Cohen, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, Steve Southerland, Mark Norris, Todd Gardenhire, Janice ...

National Guard Dual-Status Technician insurance

I would like to see the National Guard Technician Equality Act proposed again. This Personally affects my family as I am a dual-status technician, currently I pay almost $700 a month in medical insurance, my counterparts who are M-Day/traditional soldiers pay $200 a month for coverage, Active Guard Reserve soldiers have tri care insurance for free. Dual status technician soldiers are required to maintain their military status and meet every requirement that other soldier have to meet, yet dual status technicians are required to pay almost 4 times as much for health insurance. This is a problem that has been overlooked for years and needs to be addressed immediately. I personally have sacrificed enough for my country that I feel this is a just complaint. Dual Status Technicians should be allowed the same benefits as other soldiers, yet they are limited to purchasing Federal Employee Health Benefits due to their dual-status position, yet they are still required to train and deploy just like all other soldiers. This would also address the issue of soldiers losing their employment due to being discharged from the military. My proposal would be if a soldier completes 20 years of honorable service and retires from the military, they may retain their job as a title 5 technician until age 60 or when soldier decides to retire. My suggestion to the 20 years being waivered if a soldier is medically discharged prior to 20 years with a service connected injury or disability, at which point soldier should retain their current position as a title 5 employee if the injury or disability does not Negatively affect their job performance.

Jeremy Kail
515 supporters
Petitioning Diane Black,, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan, Charles Sargent, David Kustoff, Reginald Tate, Lee Harris, Jim Tracy, Sara Kyle, Mae Beavers, Bo...

Hiring veterans as reaction forces in schools in case of a shooter situation

About 1 month ago, their was a school shooting less than one hour ago from where my sons attend school. This is unexcusable and needs to be fought and prevented all across our country. I want to be able to improve the safety situation for our children in our schools nationwide. Right now, the average response time is 11 minutes for police responding to a shooter if not different situation. The Florida shooter had 9 minutes to kill 17 and wound 14 before he was apprehended in another city. Thats too much time for shooters to take advantage of a schools soft environment. The resource officer who was at the school didn't make an attempt to help and look what happened. Sad to say but someone who had been a police officer for 30 years did not have what it takes. What the schools need is veterans that are willing to take action with the training to not only rid the school of the threat, perform first aid and save lives. Right now, in the U.S. is 435000 reported unemployed veterans who have the skillset to perform this privilege and duty with the enthusiasm and discipline it needs. Our children deserve better protection that only a certain type of people can give that. The frequency of these are happening more and more almost becoming the norm which is crazy that that's what our country is becoming. Please sign my petition and lets do our best to make a difference and save the next generation of great Americans. Thanks for reading and hope you feel the same way Ido. 

Benjamin Ambacher
285 supporters
Petitioning Bill Haslam, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, Steve Cohen, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, Diane Black, John Duncan, Phil Roe, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleis...

Stop pre-trial release and ROR programs in Tennessee. No more hug a thug!

The bail bonds industry is under attack and has been for quite some time. The reason it is a problem for the average person, is that pre-trial release isn't working. Pre-trial release has a lot of money backing it and it's time to say enough is enough. Pre-trial release Tax payer funded. Not supervised properly and no accountability. Higher rate of Failure to Appear. No co-signers to help find absconded defendant's. Is too much of a burden on the Sheriff's Departments to try to serve all of the Failure to Appear warrants. No taxes generated from private industry If defendant absconds, justice isn't served and no cost to the one who released them. Private Bail Funded by the accused defendant. Supervised by the bail bondsman. Big risk if he doesn't keep tabs on his defendants. Lower rate of Failure to Appears. Most bonds have co-signers to assist in the defendant being re-captured. Majority of the Failure to Appear warrants are served by the bondsman or an agent of the company. Sales taxes, business taxes and income taxes paid by the bonding company. If the defendant absconds, the bonding company is responsible for getting him back and if they don't they have to forfeit 100% of the bonding amount. There are numerous stories of the bad side of ROR bonds and pre-trial release on How many more must suffer due to the failed policies of ROR?

Scott Hurst
238 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee Governor, Lamar Alexander, Bill Haslam, Bob Corker, Steve Cohen, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, John Duncan, Dia...

Bring Pastor Jarrod Home.. Innocent n in jail for crime he didn't do

My name is Jarrod Spicer and I'm an inmate at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville,TN. I'm writing this to testify my innocence due to complete frustration and in mind humbling darkness asking for some compassionate help.  I have a wife, five children; the youngest one is five and four grandchildren. I had a business and two mortgages on my house and now our house is gone and my wife and children weep. I'm serving a twenty-five year sentence for something I didn't do and I'm hoping God will help me contact someone who might be able to help me prove it. I'm willing to volunteer for any new program, lie detector process, truth drug study, psychiatric procedures, physically or mentally hazardous to prove my innocence. You don't know how difficult it is to deal with this. This prison is "Hell on Earth." older inmates, like me, are abused and threatened almost daily by younger, stronger, criminally, knowledgeable inmates.  Sometimes something as simple as stepping out into the hallway becomes a hazardous endeavor. I saw one older gentleman killed when he was knocked to the concrete floor and split his head open; his name was Bill and he was my roommate and friend. The American justice system that most people are raised in like me, to always trust is broken. The promise that the truth will always prevail and that " you are innocent until proven guilty" is a bygone idea and now a farce due to corrupt officials, biased judges and law enforcement brutality.  I hope you get the opportunity to read "The Shack", by WM Paul Young in which he basically compares man's judgment to hate retaliation and greed versus God's Judgment to love-forgiveness and charity. "Once abolish the God and government becomes the God" which is a quote by GK Chesterton in "The Shack."  My story is that I was initially offered a plea deal for two years and plead reckless homicide. I even signed the paperwork but knew my innocence and backed out. They had my attorney offer me eight years @ 30, plead involuntary manslaughter or go to trial but once again I knew I was innocent and trusted American Justice but it was a mistake. I was represented by a high priced attorney in it just for the money. When I couldn't pay him, he basically gave me up to the DA. My nightmare at night is my attorney not asking for second opinion of the medical examiner who said "He couldn't determine the cause of death."  They did not get a second opinion cause my attorney said we couldn't afford one and then when asked for retrospectively by the appeals judge about why a second opinion was not gotten; cause the court would have helped; my attorney said he didn't know he could do that. Same para the victim was 77 years old and in court characterized as "A walking corpse" cause of the medical issues. He was even embalmed before the medical examiner did the "cause of death" investigation. Even after embalming, his body revealed massive dosage of hydrocodone and alcohol. Now I hope you my nightmare and the injustice of it all. It may sound frightening but it's all true and the victim appears to be ME, abandoned by a legal system with no remorse for mistakes and incarcerated by the "Tennessee Department of Corrections" where there are NO "Corrections or programs" to allow persons of good character and even better behavior to get some relief. My family grieves for me and I for them. I can't sleep at night knowing what I and they are missing. Please someone help me and my family if at all possible. GOD BLESS YOU!!  I have endured the temptation but yet my heart is free and so is my soul. Sincerly,Pastor Jarrod R. Spicer Sr.

Tasha Casey
140 supporters
Institute Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Tennessee Schools

It was the legislature's desire similar to the desire reflected in the petition that children be empowered to make safe healthy choices throughout their lives.. That is why the law encourages risk avoidance not risk reduction. In doing so, we took the same approach as we have done with other public health issues, like alcohol, tobacco, etc. We encourage abstinence from behaviors that pose significant health risks and avoidance of those same behaviors. We don't encourage children to just "reduce the risk" but we encourage discontinuance of those behaviors that involve potentially great risk. "Risk avoidance." The law also provides and requires a comprehensive education. The curriculum is encourage sexual health by helping students understand how sexual activity affects the whole person including the physical, emotional, social, psychological, economic, and educational consequences of non marital sexual activity. Read the law. You will find confidence in the approach taken.

3 years ago