Tennessee’s two largest cities are considering proposals that would make possession of a small amount of marijuana carry the same penalties as a speeding ticket. Local 24 Watchdog Mike Matthews tells us the Governor doesn’t like these ideas at all.
Nashville is working on it. Memphis is about to start working on it. Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee would just assume his two largest cities would just drop it.
It concerns decriminalizing the possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana. Those currently caught could spend time in jail. But Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd says he thinks the current law is unfair, and while not calling for legalization, he thinks those caught should only have to pay a fine.
Governor Haslam says that idea doesn’t float his boat. “I’m not a fan,” he says. “While I do think we’ve had some people who have spent more time in jail than they need to for that. I’m not in favor of decriminalizing that.” [Read more at Local Memphis]