According to the Associated Press, the state executive committee of the Tennessee Democratic Party held the vote in order to express the party’s platform and its upcoming legislative goals.
Executive committee members cited major concerns that prompted their vote on medical cannabis and the minimum wage.
But this represents a step back from Trump’s initial announcement that he would declare opioids a national emergency.
The latter would have given states access to the vast store of funds and resources in the federal Disaster Relief Fund.
The public health emergency declaration, however, is barely significant. That’s because it only makes about $57,000 dollars available for a multi-billion dollar problem.
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