ABOUT US

PROMOTING SAFE, LEGAL ACCESS IN TENNESSEE

Tennessee Cannabis Coalition is an organizational resource for all statewide cannabis advocacy groups,  parents, members of the clergy, and other community members on issues specific to current cannabis laws, or pending cannabis legislation.  We advocate and promote state and federal cannabis law reform.  Our mission includes educating our Tennessee legislators and fellow Tennesseans by using the most current scientific and academic research on medical and therapeutic applications of cannabis.  We support Tennessee patient's rights and oppose any form of discrimination and/or harassment of cannabis patients and adult cannabis recreational consumers.  We are committed to advocating for safe access to this beneficial plant.  Cannabis use is a natural right.   

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Cecily Friday Shamim has been an activist and advocate involved in politics for the past 15 years.  Her professional background includes extensive work as a project and operations manager in settings ranging from professional art, graphic design, marketing, circuit design engineering and clinical psychiatric research.  Since 2017, she has worked in the cannabis industry on marketing and policy research for venture capital clients investing in hemp and cannabis.  She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Belmont University and has trained as an organizer with Greg Galluzzo and Mary Gonzales with the Gamaliel Foundation, who worked with and trained Barack Obama in Chicago prior to his run for elected office. As a host and producer of her own show, covering national politics for Radio Free Nashville, she interviewed numerous high profile individuals.   In addition she has worked with other nonprofits, including Urban Green Lab, a Nashville based nonprofit committed to educating the community about sustainable living.  Since 2013 she has lobbied and educated lawmakers in Tennessee for safe access to medical cannabis.  In 2015 she founded the Tennessee Cannabis Coalition with the intent of bringing advocacy groups throughout the state together in order to coordinate on campaigns and to maximize their impact, so that they may help pave the way to ending prohibition in Tennessee and at the federal level.  In 2016 she was named as one of the Top 100 Political Influencers in Cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive Magazine.