Tue
Sep 20 2016
07:01 am

A strong majority (80 - 85%) of Tennesseans favor decriminalization of pot. Lobbyists for the for profit prison industry are dead set against it, because it could reduce prison populations in Tennessee by one third. With drug overdoses becoming the number one cause of death in the USA it's time to acept medical and recreational use of pot and focus on the prescription drug abuses that are killing so many of our young people.

Political leaders in Tennessee’s two largest cities are taking steps toward marijuana decriminalization with ordinances that would allow police to reduce the penalty for people who possess small amounts of it.

Nashville’s Metropolitan Council is set to take a final vote on its ordinance on Tuesday, while the Memphis City Council is scheduled to make its decision Oct. 4.

Both cities have similar proposals on the table: Police who encounter people in possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana have the discretion of giving them a civil citation for a $50 fine or community service.

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Why citizens can't get rational laws through our legislature...

Tennessee politicians received more than $1.6 million in campaign contributions over the past decade from pharmaceutical companies

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Nashville is First

In a 35-3 vote, the Metro Council approved the bill allows officers to give someone a $50 fine and community service if they are found with less than a half ounce of marijuana.

This changes the current laws where people charged with marijuana possession face a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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