Lobbied heavily, no doubt, by the for profit prison industry. I can't find the individual votes for this. I would sure like to know. Why prevent a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana? It would certainly take a huge amount of money out of the courts and enforcement agencies in Tennessee.

The measure (SB2321), which was sponsored by Memphis Democrats Antonio Parkinson and Sara Kyle, would not have legalized marijuana possession. Instead, it would have allowed voters to make their opinion known on whether police should arrest people in possession of one ounce of marijuana or less or give them a warning instead.

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Here it is:

SB2321 by Kyle - SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:
Failed in Senate Judiciary Committee 4/12/2016
Failed
Ayes................................................3
Noes................................................6

Senators voting aye were: Kyle, Harris, Bowling -- 3.
Senators voting no were: Stevens, Roberts, Overbey, Kelsey, Gardenhire, Bell -- 6.

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