Nashville Lawmakers Vote 32 to 4 to Decriminalize Cannabis
Under the proposed law, the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis would no longer result in a criminal charge or jail time, instead being reduced to a $50 civil penalty or 10 hours community service. Under current law the possession of even one gram of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500.
The measure – introduced by Councilmember Dave Rosenberg – must be approved through two more readings before being being sent to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.
Nashville is the capital of Tennessee with a population of around 630,000.