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Memphis suspends marijuana ordinance after state AG says it’s not allowed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis’ ordinance to decriminalize marijuana may be short-lived.

The Tennessee Office of the Attorney General said in an opinion Wednesday the city doesn’t have the authority to create and enforce such an ordinance.

The ordinance let police have the option of giving a fine or community service instead of a misdemeanor to people caught with less than half an ounce of marijuana.

A spokeswoman for the City of Memphis said in light of the attorney general’s opinion, the city will review the ordinance and suspend it for now.