Nashville Has New Policy Regarding Marijuana

The Nashville District Attorney’s office will no longer prosecute individuals for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.  Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety. For individuals, this policy will eliminate the negative effects of a criminal charge which include potential jail time and collateral consequences on employment and housing. For the justice system, elimination of minor marijuana charges will decrease costs as jail housing expenses for these cases will now be totally eliminated.  Similarly, courts and the clerk’s office will see savings from docketing fewer cases. Finally, and of great importance, demographic statistics indicate that these charges impact minorities in a disproportionate manner.  This policy will eliminate this area of disproportionality in the justice system. Proper allocation of the resources of the District Attorney’s office requires common sense and fairness.  These resources must be devoted to supporting victims and prosecuting violent crime.  Current marijuana laws in Tennessee Marijuana, for both medical and recreational uses, is not legal in Tennessee. However, there is an exception that allows the use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil for seizure patients. Possession and cultivation both remain illegal.

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