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Memphis City Council: pass an ordinance to decriminalize marijuana in Memphis.
One issue that is uniting our country right now is criminal justice reform. Recently, New Orleans decriminalized marijuana, and the Tennessee legislature changed its laws so that repeat misdemeanor marijuana charges can no longer become a felony. Let's follow New Orleans lead, and allow our police force and prosecutors to focus on more serious crimes.
On March 17, 2016, New Orleans City Council unanimously passed an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana in the City of New Orleans. This established citations in lieu of arrest on certain marijuana offenses, and it allows officers to give offenders a city fine instead of charging them under the state statute.
Decriminalization has wide support across the country, yet the Memphis City Council has never considered decriminalization. We ask that this change, and we ask that the Memphis City Council pass an ordinance fashioned off of New Orleans decriminalization ordinance.
According to Marijuana Policy Project:
"Under Ordinance 31,148, which will become Sec. 54-505 of the NOLA Code, marijuana possession would remain illegal but enforcement can be through the use of summons in lieu of a custodial arrest. In addition, it creates a symbolic exception for marijuana obtained pursuant to a valid medical prescription or order. The new ordinance establishes:
The following penalty provisions for marijuana possession —
First conviction, fine of $40
Second conviction, fine of $60
Third conviction, fine of $80
Fourth or greater conviction, fine of $100"
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