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Top city officials pushback against decriminalizing marijuana

5/10/19--Legislation filed this week by Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is getting pushback from top city officials. Under the current law, possession of a small amount of pot is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Dennis’ proposal would replace that with a $100 fine or 10 hours of community service. Read

Tennessee legislature, governor, just say ‘no’ to municipal moves to moderate marijuana law

5/8/17--Dave Rosenberg, the city councilman who sponsored the bill decriminalizing marijuana in Nashville, said it ran parallel to state law, and would give cops a new tool to deal with people smoking pot in the city. Tennessee law makes possession of a half-an-ounce or less of marijuana a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tennessee Gov. Haslam deferred to the will of the legislature and signed the bill to decriminalize what Nashville and Memphis had decriminalized. The legislation also prevents any other Tennessee municipality from trying to usurp state or federal drug laws. Read

Bill Haslam signs repeal of new Nashville, Memphis marijuana laws

4/13/17--Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday signed into law Republican-backed legislation to repeal separate Nashville and Memphis laws that had allowed partial marijuana decriminalization in those communities, officially putting an end to the short-lived policies. Read

Tennessee blocking cities’ push to ease marijuana punishment

3/29/17--Tennessee's Republican Legislature is blocking the ease of criminal punishment for marijuana possession in Nashville and Memphis. Tennessee lawmakers have agreed to bar cities from issuing civil citations for marijuana possession. The ban would fall in line with proposals by the Trump administration to step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana. Read