Nashville becomes 1st city in state to lessen penalty for small amounts of pot

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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.

In a 35-3 vote, the Metro Council approved the bill allows officers to give someone a $50 fine and community service if they are found with less than a half ounce of marijuana.

This changes the current laws where people charged with marijuana possession face a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The new law also allows Metro-Nashville police officers to use their discretion in a case-by-case basis. If an officer catches someone with half an ounce or less of pot, they can opt to give them the lesser penalties under the new law or the misdemeanor charge.

 

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