9/20/2016, Press release, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Megan Barry released
the following statement on the passage of BL2016-378, commonly referred
to as the marijuana decriminalization bill:
"This legislation is a positive step forward in addressing the overly punitive treatment of marijuana possession in our state that disproportionately impacts low-income and minority residents.
“It is important to stress that this ordinance is not a license to sell, possess, or use marijuana in Nashville. When this ordinance becomes law, police officers will still have the ability to make arrests or issue state criminal citations for marijuana possession as circumstances warrant, which is a Class A misdemeanor under state law.”