Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Cannabis Legalization Legislation

A Tennessee lawmaker submitted a bill at the end of last month to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. Sen. Raumesh Akbari’s (D-Memphis) proposed legislation would allow adults aged 21 and older to purchase up to a half ounce of cannabis. The bill, SB 1849, would establish a state regulator [...]

2020-04-08T08:27:17-07:00February 7, 2020|

Tennessee Marijuana Policy Makes Prosecuting Recreational Users Unlikely

Tennessee's lead law enforcement agency sent a memo to police divisions throughout the state which suggests that individuals found with small amounts of marijuana are unlikely to face criminal charges. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) memo states that tests to determine whether a substance is hemp or marijuana will [...]

2019-11-25T03:33:58-07:00November 23, 2019|

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bills Delayed Until 2020

Tennessee lawmakers have shelved plans to introduce a bill to legalize and regulate medical marijuana. The bill's main sponsor, Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), a vocal advocate for medical marijuana, said that they did not have sufficient support across the House so it made sense to postpone bills on the issue [...]

2019-04-22T08:16:07-07:00April 22, 2019|

Tennessee Lawmakers Push To Legalize Medical Cannabis

This month, two state legislators in Tennessee announced plans to introduce legislation to legalize medical cannabis. Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) are working on a “Tennessee-specific” bill that tailors elements of other programs to the needs of their state. If Tennessee legalizes, it will join 33 [...]

2019-02-04T02:50:51-07:00February 6, 2019|

Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Medical Marijuana Bill: the TRUMP Act

In late June, two Tennessee lawmakers who are also anesthesiologists proposed to introduce legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Representative Bryan Terry and Senator Steve Dickerson, both Republicans, are calling the bill the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act, or TRUMP Act. Citing President Trump’s recent remarks hinting at his [...]

2018-09-19T07:03:18-07:00July 16, 2018|

Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana

It is no longer a crime to carry small amounts of marijuana in one of America's most conservative cities. Officials in Nashville voted in September to decriminalize simple cannabis possession. Now, instead of facing misdemeanor criminal charges, jail time, and a permanent record, potheads could receive $50 tickets. Under the [...]

2018-09-12T10:51:24-07:00September 28, 2016|
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