Tennessee Bill to End Jail Time for Cannabis Possession Passes House Committee

Tennessee’smmw_pot_112108_article House Finance, Ways & Means Committee has passed House Bill 0873, a proposal to end the possibility of jail for the possession and exchange of up to an ounce of cannabis.

Under current Tennessee law, someone caught possessing or sharing up to half an ounce of cannabis can be hit with a misdemeanor charge, and placed in jail for up to a year (the maximum penalty increases to 6 years for a person’s third offense). Someone in possession of over half an ounce is guilty of a felony, and can spend up to 6 years in prison.

Under House Bill 0873, the possession and “casual exchange” of up to an ounce of cannabis would reduced to a class A misdemeanor, punishable by an $100 ticket, but no jail time. Although no amount of subsequent offenses for possession of an ounce or less can lead to jail time, a person would be required to partake in community service at a treatment center after their third offense.

After being passed by the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, House Bill 0873 now takes one step closer towards a full House vote, where its passage will send it to the Senate for consideration.

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11 thoughts on “Tennessee Bill to End Jail Time for Cannabis Possession Passes House Committee”

  1. legalize it save kind hearted people who are naturally good and creative in society it’ll slow down all the meth here like it did many other places

  2. About time they lessen the severity of Bud. They need
    To go on & let us grow, &! Enjoy it since we do
    Anyway. You would think they would let the
    People use it since TN for over 25 yrs had been
    One of the 5 States that profited the most b/c marijuana
    Has been the no. 1 cash crop here that long.

  3. Hear me out way don’t we just make it a legal substance, we’d be the first state in the south to start to move forward. As we can see by the growing support and the legalize marijuana in the other states and country’s that have made a significantly increasing in profits. I am only one voice of meany who wish to move forward

  4. Hear me out way don’t we just make it a legal substance, we’d be the first state in the south to start to move forward. As we can see by the growing support and the legalize marijuana in the other states and country’s that have made a significantly increasing in profits. I am only one voice of meany who wish to move forward

  5. People don’t need treatment for MJ they just like it like they do potato chips, tomato sandwiches or chocolate.

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