Tennessee: New Law Amends Felony Marijuana Possession Penalties

Nashville, TN: Legislation signed into law reduces marijuana possession penalties for repeat offenders.

House Bill 1478 amends third-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, to a misdemeanor offense, punishable by no more than one year in jail.

The new sentencing penalties take effect on July 1, 2016.

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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