PROMOTING SAFE, LEGAL ACCESS IN TENNESSEE
Tennessee Cannabis Coalition is an organizational resource for all statewide cannabis advocacy groups, effected 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 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 promote this change in a collective, concerted effort, as this is in the best interest of the citizens of Tennessee.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cecily Friday Shamim has been an activist 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. 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 2011, she co-founded Occupy Nashville where she established working groups and was the media team lead and legislative liaison. Due to the hard work and diligence of those working groups, Occupy Nashville was one of the longest standing occupations in the United States. Occupy Nashville was featured in national and international publications and shows including interviews with Keith Olbermann, Reuters, BBC and the AP. Cecily played a major role, as legislative liaison, representing the organization in interactions with legislators regarding policy changes and potential bills. In addition she has managed social media for 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.