Tennessee Aims to Stop Cities From Decriminalizing Marijuana

Lawmakers in Tennessee are trying to stop cities in that state from decriminalizing marijuana. Recently, Rep. William Lamberth, a Republican, introduced a bill that has now passed the state’s House that blocks places like Memphis and Nashville from reducing penalties for marijuana crimes. According to the Associated Press however, those cities already have reduced penalties.

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According to Cannabis Now, in Memphis and Nashville it is a civic penalty to be caught with weed instead of a misdemeanor. What that means is that someone would likely receive a small fine if caught, instead of possibly getting arrested or receiving jail time.

Cities across the country have been decriminalizing marijuana on their own in recent years, and many state lawmakers have opposed such changes.

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Source: The 420 Times