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President's Pot Comments Draw Mixed Reactions -- Sky Arnold

Wearing a suit and tie, Paul Kuhn may not look like a pot advocate but he's as strong of a supporter as you'll find.

Kuhn has served as the chair of pro-pot group NORML and dealt with marijuana issues personally when his wife underwent chemotherapy.

"There's just a lot of diseases for which nothing else works," said Kuhn. "A single puff of marijuana would just stop the nausea completely improve her appetite lift her spirits."

It's why Kuhn was happy to hear President Obama's say recently in an interview with the New Yorker Magazine that he believes marijuana is no more dangerous to the user than alcohol.

Kuhn believes it's a big step in the battle to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use.

Currently there are three bills under consideration at the Tennessee capitol including one legalizing medical marijuana and another that would make possession of small amounts no more serious than a parking ticket.

"I think it's a big deal the public knows it and for him to recognize it is a good step," said Kuhn.

Not everyone agrees though.

State Senator and doctor Joey Hensley is among those that believe the President was wrong to say what he did.

Hensley believes pot faces a tough road at the state capitol.
"There's too many unanswered questions and too many problems with legalizing even with medical use," said Hensley.

Kuhn agrees that the chances of medical marijuana or the other bills passing is less than 50% but he says that chance is much higher than it was 6 months ago.