Two Tennessee legislators have proposed two bills that would make the possessions and “casual exchange” of under half an ounce of marijuana legal in Tennessee. Rep. Harold Love and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, both Democrats based in Nashville, hope to amend the Tennessee Code to reduce the heavy marijuana penalties currently in place in Tennessee.


Under the current code, possession of under half an ounce of marijuana could result in a $250 fine or a year in jail. The bill would also seek to change the penalty for possession of over an ounce of cannabis from a felony to a misdemeanor while also reducing that fine from $5,000 to $100. The language “casual exchange” would likely still prohibit the sale of marijuana, yet allow for non-monetary based exchanges.

 

 

According to the proposed changes to the Tennessee Code, the amendment would not alter the status of “non-leafy, resinous material containing tetrahydrocannabinol (hashish),” which is still illegal without a prescription.

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