New ordinance seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

By SOTG News Service


A newly-filed ordinance in Nashville looks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Metro Council members behind the push say the criminal penalties and criminal records of such a misdemeanor charge are “disproportionate to the severity of the offense.”

The ordinance, sponsored by aims to amend Title 11 of the Metropolitan Code, which states it is a misdemeanor for people who knowingly possess or casually exchange a small amount of marijuana less than one-half ounce.

The ordinance would make it a civil penalty.

The councilmembers find that civil penalties and community service “are more commensurate with the offense of possession or casual exchange of one-half ounce or less of marijuana, when that is the only chargeable offense.”

The issue will be taken for the first time on Aug. 16 in the Public Safety, Beer, and Regulated Beverages Committee.

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