Nashville Council Gives Final Approval to Cannabis Decriminalization

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With a 35 to 3 vote, the Nashville Metro City Council has given final approval to an ordinance that will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.Nashville Council Mayor Meagan Barry says she will sign it into law.

Under the proposed ordinance, which will go into effect immediately following Mayor Barry’s signature, the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis will be reduced to a simple $50 civil infraction. For those who can’t afford the $50, they can opt to instead do 10 hours of community service.

This is a huge change from current law, where the possession of even a minuscule amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500.

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Nashville Council Unanimously Passes Ordinance to Decriminalize Cannabis

Nashville Council In a unanimous voice vote, the Nashville Metro City Council has voted to pass an ordinance to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis. This second reading vote comes roughly three weeks after the council voted 32 to 4 to pass the measure through its first reading. It will receive a final vote on September 20th.

“There’s a large criminal justice reform conversation going on now and there’s a large national conversation that is changing around this particular issue,” says Councilmember Russ Pulley, a co-sponsor of the legislation. “This gets us involved in that conversation”.

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Nashville Lawmakers Vote 32 to 4 to Decriminalize Cannabis

nashvilleA Nashville measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has received initial approval from the Metro City Council. The vote was 32 to 4.

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.

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