State lawmakers are tackling whether marijuana should be legalized in Tennessee.
Rep. Rick Staples (D-Knoxville) introduced a bill that would change Tennessee’s controlled substances laws to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana statewide. It would also authorize counties to hold referendum elections to allow marijuana growing, manufacturing, delivery and retail sales within their boundaries. Counties would be able to dictate the legality at the local level—similar to alcohol.
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