Image of marijuana decriminalization petition being signed in Tennessee
Stephanie Langston ~ WKRN
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It’s the final push for those that want to decriminalize marijuana in Nashville. Tennessee Norml, the group leading the efforts, still needs thousands of signatures to get their measure on the Metro general election ballot.
~
As Stratford High School graduates and their families left commencement at Tennessee State University Saturday, LeLann Evans pushed a petition to add a Metro charter amendment that would decriminalize marijuana.
 
The amendment proposal would prevent Metro from appropriating any financial resources in support of the criminal prosecution of an adult for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
 
“The people who don’t sign it are the ones missing out on making a difference,” Tim Walden, who signed the petition, told News 2.
 
Walden said he believes that minorities are targeted for possession charges and it’s costing tax payers.
 
“My money is going to someone that just had it on them, especially for the people who need it for their health, it does not make sense and I believe it should be decriminalized,” Walden said.
 
More than 6,800 signatures are needed for the amendment to move forward. Evans told News 2 they are short by more than 2,000, but he plans to hit the goal.
 
“With the approval of cannabis oil, I do believe that this is the next step. I do believe that it does have what it takes to pass here in Nashville. I do believe Nashville is ready for this type of movement,” said Evans.
 
If city ordinance changes, there could be a legal hurdle, since marijuana possession is a crime.
 
The amendment would add decriminalizing marijuana to the August 6 ballot.
 
The signatures are needed by Monday.
 
Sunday the group is collecting signatures on the front steps of the Parthenon at Centennial Park.
 
You can also sign the petition online, for more information visit normltn.org.
 
~

Recent News Articles

Monday May 27

Veterans Face Hurdles to Marijuana Access - Cannabis News

in Activism

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The VA does not allow its doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in states where it…

1110 hits

Monday May 27

Legal weed can raise the roof on home prices - Cannabis News

in Real Estate

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Experts suggest that property values get a contact high from retail marijuana because home buyers,…

1581 hits

Monday May 27

How California female cannabis entrepreneurs are overcoming hurdles in fledgling legal industry - Cannabis News

in Finance

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Female business owners face challenges starting and running cannabis operations, according to several such entrepreneurs…

1611 hits

Monday May 27

Has legal cannabis killed the bong? - Cannabis News

in Culture & Arts

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Under cannabis prohibition, nothing signified one’s love of the plant more than bongs – but…

1483 hits

Tuesday May 28

TSA Updates Marijuana Rules To Allow Hemp-Derived CBD On Flights - Cannabis News

in Law & Crime

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy on cannabis over the Memorial Day weekend,…

1107 hits