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Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

NASHVILLE, TN — A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill in the Tennessee legislature to prevent local communities from relaxing local marijuana laws — and to nullify those ordinances that have already been passed in the state’s two largest cities.

State Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), a former Assistant District Attorney for Sumner County, filed House Bill 173 this week.

The intent of the bill is to override and nullify ordinances passed in the state’s two largest cities — Memphis and Nashville — that were passed late last year to partially decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The ordinances passed in both cities give local police the option of issuing $50 citations for those who possess up to a half-ounce of marijuana, instead of arresting and prosecuting an offender.  Under state law, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.

In November, the state’s Office of the Attorney General wrote an opinion stating that the ordinances were unenforceable because they conflict with state drug laws.  The opinion reads:

“[T]he ordinance[s] cannot stand because [they] impede the inherent discretion and responsibility of district attorneys general to prosecute violations of the Drug Control Act.”

House Bill 173, if passed, would ban other cities from enacting similar measures:

“No county, city, town, municipality, or metropolitan form of government has the authority by ordinance, resolution, regulation, or other local law to enact or adopt a sanction for conduct involving a drug or other substance if the sanction for that conduct is established … as a criminal offense other than a Class C misdemeanor.”

The bill would also nullify the ordinances already enacted in Nashville and Memphis:

“Any ordinance, resolution, regulation, or other local law enacted or adopted prior to the effective date of this act regulating drugs and other substances that is inconsistent with this part … is superseded and repealed. Any policy, guideline, or practice of any agency, department, or employee of a county, city, town, municipality, or metropolitan form of government that regulates or permits the enforcement of conduct covered by this subsection in a manner inconsistent with state law is void. “

Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee, and is home to over 654,000 people, making it the largest city in the state.  Memphis comes in close as the state’s second largest city with a population of 653,450.

Tennessee residents can contact their representatives and urge them to reject this measure by clicking here. 

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Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization

Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

NASHVILLE, TN — Recently approved marijuana decriminalization ordinances in Memphis and Nashville conflict with Tennessee state drug laws and therefore may not be enforced, according to an opinion issued this week by the Office of the Attorney General. City council members in both cities voted this fall to impose local ordinances providing municipal police the option […]

Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic


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Tennessee: Cities Move to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Tennessee: Cities Move to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Members of the Nashville metro council and the Memphis city council have given final approval to municipal legislation providing police the discretion to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders.

Nashville city council members voted 35 to 3 in late September in favor of the new ordinance. It provides police the option of issuing $50 citations for those who possess up to a half-ounce of marijuana.

By contrast, under state law, the possession of small amounts of cannabis is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a criminal record.

The legislation now awaits action from the city’s mayor, who has pledged to sign the ordinance into law.

Members of the Memphis city council decided this week in favor of a similar measure by a 7 to 6 vote. For the better part of the past year, members of Memphis NORML have spent their time lobbying members of the Memphis city council in support of the policy change.

However, the director of the Memphis Police Department remains opposed to the proposal and has indicated that he may instruct his officers to not immediately comply with the new ordinance.

Many other cities and counties in the southeastern region of the United States have recently enacted similar ordinances, including Miami-Dade county and West Palm Beach in Florida.

A Republican state lawmaker has threatened to limit funding to the two Tennessee cities if they enact the ordinances into law.


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Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing

Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing

LANSING, MI — Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of legislation into law regulating the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. The measures are ordered to take immediate effect.

The measures seek to clarify and expand various aspects of the state’s 2008 medical cannabis law. Specifically, the new law provides qualified patients for the first time with legal protections regarding the possession and use of non-smoked cannabis derived topical products and edibles, as well as cannabis-based extract products.

The law also licenses and regulates facilities where state-qualified patients may legally obtain medical marijuana. Michigan was one of the only medical marijuana states in the country that had yet to regulate the dispensing of medicinal cannabis. About 210,000 residents are now registered in the state’s medical program.

Other provisions in the law establish a ‘seed to sale’ tracking system on products provided by dispensaries in order to assure that these products are adequately tested for safety. Separate provisions offer localities controls with regard to regulating the location and number of dispensaries, and also establish state licensing fees and excise taxation levels.


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Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills

Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills | NORML

LANSING, MI — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of legislation — HB 4209, HB 4210, HB 4827, SB 141, and SB 1014 — into law regulating the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. Snyder signed the bills on Wednesday. The measures are ordered to take immediate effect. “This new law will help […]

Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills | The Daily Chronic


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Tennessee: Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Tennessee: Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

NASHVILLE, TN — Music City, USA has become the first city in Tennessee to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

On Tuesday, the Nashville Metro Council gave final approval to an ordinance that will keep those caught possessing up to half an ounce of marijuana out of jail.

The ordinance gives police officers the discretion to issue a $50 fine and community service for possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana.  The ordinance takes effect immediately.

However, due to a last minute change in the bill made to reduce opposition from law enforcement, the ordinance now gives officers the discretion to arrest and charge someone under state law. Under state law, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.

Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee, and is home to over 654,000 people, making it the largest city in the state.  City officials in Memphis, which comes in close as the state’s second largest city, are considering a similar ordinance next week.

Marijuana reform activists are hopeful that state lawmakers will consider statewide marijuana decriminalization when the legislature reconvenes in January.  Earlier this year, lawmakers reduced penalties for a third marijuana possession offense from a felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, to a misdemeanor offense, punishable by no more than one year in jail.

Tennessee is #18 in the nation in per capita marijuana possession arrests, according to nationwide analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Michigan Lawmakers Send 3 Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana to Gov. Snyder

Michigan Lawmakers Send 3 Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana to Gov. Snyder

These measures seek to better clarify and expand Michigan’s medical cannabis law.

LANSING, MI — Lawmakers have given final approval to a package of bills, HB 4209/4210, HB 4827, SB 141, and SB 1014, to regulate the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products.

The measures, which lawmakers had debated for the past two years, now await action by Governor Rick Snyder (R).

House Bill 4209 licenses and regulates above-ground, safe access facilities where state-qualified patients may legally obtain medical marijuana. Michigan is one of the only medical marijuana states in the country that has yet to legalize dispensaries. About 210,000 residents are now registered in the state’s medical program.

House lawmakers voted 83 to 22 on the amended bill. Lawmakers had previously sought to impose an eight percent excise tax on dispensary-related income. However, following the objections of advocates who argued that the imposition of additional fees would drive many patients to the black market, members have lowered the tax to three percent.

A second bill, House Bill 4210, provides qualified patients for the first time with legal protections for their possession and use of non-smoked cannabis derived topicals and edibles, as well as cannabis-based extract products. This measure was approved by the full House on September 14th, 2016 in a 93 to 12 vote. Under present law, non-herbal formulations of cannabis are classified as contraband.

A third bill, House Bill 4827, seeks to establish regulations tracking the production and sale of medical marijuana products. This measure was approved by the full House on September 14th, 2016 in a 85 to 20 vote.

These measures seek to better clarify and expand Michigan’s medical cannabis law.


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Delaware Now Allows Medical Marijuana on School Grounds

Delaware Now Allows Medical Marijuana on School Grounds | Danielle Keane

DOVER, DE — Governor Jack Markell has signed legislation into law permitting qualified patients access to medical cannabis formulations while on school grounds. Senate Bill 181 permits a caregiver to administer cannabis extracts to a patient “in a school bus and on the grounds or property of the preschool, or primary or secondary school in which […]

Delaware Now Allows Medical Marijuana on School Grounds | The Daily Chronic


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Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Ohio as New Law Officially Takes Effect

Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Ohio as New Law Officially Takes Effect

Patients with qualifying medical conditions will receive legal protections as state initiates process of establishing a regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio’s new medical marijuana law will officially go into effect on Thursday, September 8.

Patients with qualifying medical conditions will receive limited legal protections from laws prohibiting marijuana possession, as several state agencies formally begin the process of establishing a regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

“This is a major milestone in establishing a system that will help countless Ohioans who are suffering from serious illnesses,” said Aaron Marshall, the spokesperson for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, the group behind a proposed ballot initiative that inspired legislators to adopt House Bill 523. “It is one of the first steps on a long road to developing a well-regulated system. The real work of crafting the specific rules and regulations still lies ahead.”

“We are closely monitoring the development of Ohio’s medical cannabis system to ensure it will be a robust and transparent program,” Marshall said. “Our goal is to ensure that this effective medicine is available and affordable for seriously ill patients who desperately need it.”

Beginning Thursday, Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions will be eligible for legal protection for possession of a 90-day supply of medical marijuana. Specifically, if they are charged with possession, they will be able to exercise an affirmative defense in court by presenting a written statement from their physician that shows:

  • the patient has a condition listed in Ohio’s medical marijuana law;
  • the patient and doctor have an ongoing physician-patient relationship;
  • the patient has been informed of the risks and benefits of medical marijuana, and the doctor indicated that the benefits outweigh the risks; and
  • the doctor has obtained a report from Ohio’s drug database showing other drugs prescribed to the patients over the past 12 months.

For a more detailed look at the affirmative defense, what it includes, and how it applies in Ohio, click here.

“A lot of patients have already begun to talk with their doctors about medical marijuana, and that will continue as the program rolls out,” Marshall said. “Right now, it is critical that the state medical board and the state pharmacy board provide clear guidance for physicians and their patients. Doctors need to know how they can serve those they assist, and need to understand the limits of the law. We hope that guidance will be available without delay,” he noted.

Many provisions in the new law defer key decisions about the program to various state agencies, which will begin developing rules in the coming weeks and months. That process is critical to the success of the program, and how agencies decide to manage particular aspects of the state system will have a profound effect on people’s lives, including both patient and physician requirements.

“Based on early signs we are seeing, we believe the state will adopt sensible rules and regulations to create a program that serves Ohio patients well in the long run. In the mean time, helping doctors and patients better understand the affirmative defense is an important early step,” Marshall said.

The issue enjoys overwhelming popular support. A May 2016 Quinnipiac poll found that 90% of Ohioans support allowing medical marijuana.

More information regarding marijuana laws in Ohio can be found by clicking here.


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Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation today amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties.

Senate Bill 2228 reduces the penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine) to a civil fine of no more than $200 — no arrest and no criminal record.

It also decriminalizes related offenses involving the possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Senate Bill 2228 also amends the state’s zero tolerance per se traffic safety law, stating that the presence of THC in blood at levels below 5ng/ml “shall not give rise to any presumption that the person was or was not under the influence of cannabis.”

The full text of the measure is available here.

According to the ACLU, Illinois police arrest some 50,000 individuals annually for marijuana possession offenses — ranking #5 in the nation in per capita marijuana possession arrests.

Illinois becomes the third largest state to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses.


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