- Jul 5, 2014
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A Republican-sponsored bill that would make three or more convictions for simple possession or casual exchange of marijuana a misdemeanor rather than a felony passed a key hurdle on Tuesday. With a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would make changes to the prosecution of those found guilty of possessing marijuana and other controlled substances three or more times. The move is expected to decrease the state's incarceration costs by as much as $2 million, according to the bill's fiscal note.
Pot prosecution bill clears key hurdle
If even Tennessee, one of the reddest of red states can see that pot laws need to be softened, we may have reached zeitgeist critical mass on the issue.