Memphis Representative London Lamar thinks it’s excessive time for Tennessee to meet up with its neighboring states. Tennessee is just one of six states the place marijuana remains to be thought-about totally unlawful.
That’s why she launched a invoice that hopes to decriminalize marijuana possession of under an ounce.
”Here in Tennessee, you’re lower than two hours away from states the place it’s utterly authorized,” Lamar stated. “There are plenty of states around us who are already making moves to decriminalize or legalize small amounts of marijuana. It’s important that Tennessee is not behind all the rest of the states.”
The decriminalization of marijuana performs into a bigger dialog in the struggle for legal justice reform.
“[If] we focus on the facts, I think we can have strong arguments and conversations about how we prefer to decriminalize or allow folks who are in possession, to not be trapped in the criminal justice system,” Lamar stated.
The invoice wouldn’t permit the promoting of marijuana.
The invoice comes after final month’s historic passing of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act or the MORE Act by the United States House of Representatives. It would legalize marijuana at the federal stage and introduce laws, reforms and reinvestment to folks impacted by the War on Drugs. [Read more at ABC Local 24]