Over the objections of law enforcement and health officials, a second House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would legally allow some Tennesseans to use medical cannabis.

Tennessee Republicans are warming to the idea of medicinal marijuana.

Some lawmakers are backing a bill to legalize cannabis oil for medicinal purposes in the state of Tennessee.

Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a hot topic in the state: whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A local state representative plans on introducing legislation that would legalize medical marijuana here in Tennessee after meeting with several families who moved from Tennessee to Colorado to get treatment they can’t get here.

Jeremy Faison has been an advocate to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, even though proposed legislation has failed to get traction in the Republican-dominated legislature.

Marijuana reform may not be on the ballot in Tennessee on Election Day, but the state is making strides in changing their cannabis laws nonetheless.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The city of Nashville became the first in the state of Tennessee to lessen the penalty for small amounts of marijuana Tuesday night.

Nashville, which residents often refer to as the Buckle of the Bible Belt, may be on the cusp of joining the long roster of American cities that have decriminalized cannabis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group supportive of the push to decriminalize marijuana in Nashville took to the streets downtown.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis City Council has voted to pass an ordinance that will reduce the severity of carrying a small amount of marijuana.

Tennessee Cannabis Coalition. Image: WKRN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (WKRN) – Supporters of legal marijuana hope to spur action on an issue they say has broad support in Tennessee.

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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