Nashville City Council passes its own marijuana ordinance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Metro Council passed its very own ordinance decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The new ordinance reduces the penalty for carrying half an ounce or less to $50 or up to 10 hours of community service.

"ACLU-TN applauds the members of Metro Council who voted for a smarter approach to marijuana possession," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. "For far too long, thousands of Nashvillians —including a disproportionate number of Black residents — have been arrested for possession of tiny amounts of marijuana. These arrests have led to disastrous consequences for their lives, including the loss of job, education and housing opportunities. This ordinance could significantly reduce the costly incarceration rate for this low-level violation, freeing law enforcement to focus on addressing violent crime and keeping our community safer.”

A similar ordinance is being discussed here in Memphis.

It's third and final reading is set for October 4.