Tennessee Lawmakers Push for Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

TENNESSEE – State legislators in Tennessee are pushing for “The Free All Cannabis For Tennesseans Act,” which would legalize cannabis for adults over the age of 21.

According to WSMV,  the bill would authorize all adults to have and transport permitted amounts of marijuana throughout the state. Residents would also have the chance to grow up to 12 plants on their property, and parents could administer medical marijuana products to a minor who is approved for medical use.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Representative Bob Freeman, cites the financial success of other states as a reason for cannabis legalization in Tennessee.

“Let’s talk about the financial benefits this could have for our state. What could we fund differently? What could we fund better? We got the fiscal note back, and it’s hundreds of millions of dollars every year. States that have passed this before its billions of dollars in additional state revenue, “ Freeman said.

“80% of Tennesseans approve of some form of legalization, and continuing to criminalize cannabis at this point amounts to selective prosecution,” says Senator Heidi Campbell, the bill’s co-sponsor.

“While other states are enjoying the enormous tax and business revenues, our exposure to the complicated externalities just continue to increase,” Campbell continued.

The Free All Cannabis For Tennesseans Act is set to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime this week.

 

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