A Tennessee state legislator launched a invoice this week that will decriminalize the possession and switch of small quantities of marijuana. The measure, Home Invoice 413 (HB 413), was filed on Tuesday by state Rep. London Lamar, a Democrat from Memphis.

Beneath the invoice, it will now not be unlawful for an individual to own as much as one ounce (about 28 grams) of marijuana. The measure would additionally enable people to “casually switch” as much as one ounce of marijuana to a different individual. 

For an off-the-cuff switch to adjust to the proposed legislation, it should be a spontaneous switch of marijuana with no transaction happening. Transfers of small quantities of marijuana that contain “the fee of cash or a present card, debit card, bank card, or every other card, coupon, or token that’s able to being exchanged for cash, merchandise, or items” in change for the marijuana would nonetheless be in opposition to the legislation.

The invoice would solely decriminalize the switch of small quantities of marijuana “within the type of a plant.” The measure particularly excludes different types of hashish “together with however not restricted to, a resin, compound, by-product, focus, or oil.”

If HB 413 is ready to efficiently navigate via the Tennessee legislature and is handed by each the Senate and Home of Representatives, the invoice would then must be signed by Republican Gov. Invoice Lee to grow to be legislation. If the measure is efficiently signed into legislation, it will go into impact on July 1, 2021, “the general public welfare requiring it,” in line with the textual content of the invoice.

At the moment, Tennessee legislation doesn’t enable  the possession, use, or sale of marijuana for any motive, medical or leisure. Legislative makes an attempt to legalize the medical use of marijuana in every of the final two years have been unsuccessful.

Final 12 months, Republican Rep. Ron Travis and Rep. Jason Hodges, a Democrat, proposed HB 637, an unsuccessful measure that will have legalized medical marijuana for sufferers with a number of of 20 specified critical medical circumstances and a physician’s suggestion. A separate measure within the state Senate would have legalized medical marijuana provided that the federal authorities did, as effectively.

A brand new medical marijuana invoice can be reportedly being circulated amongst lawmakers for the present legislative session. Passage of the measure doesn’t appear seemingly, nonetheless, in line with media experiences.

First-term Democratic Rep. Sam McKenzie of Knoxville mentioned that he would suggest a invoice to legalize medical marijuana this 12 months, noting his mom’s “painful” case of terminal most cancers. 

“From what I hear marijuana helps with these and different medicinal functions. Why not? We’re giving medication which can be rather more dangerous than marijuana,” McKenzie said.

Republican Sen. Richard Briggs, additionally from Knoxville, mentioned that he doesn’t anticipate a medical marijuana invoice to succeed through the present session of the legislature.

“I’ve been against medical marijuana so long as there are federal legal guidelines that prohibit it,” Briggs mentioned.