City council to vote on marijuana decriminalization ordinance - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City council to vote on marijuana decriminalization ordinance

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis City Council expects to take up the marijuana decriminalization ordinance for a third and final reading at Tuesday's meeting.

Councilman Berlin Boyd is pushing the ordinance, which he based off of a similar ordinance that passed recently in Nashville.

If it passes, a person caught with half an ounce or less of marijuana could be charged with a civil offense at the discretion of the law enforcement officer. If charged with a civil offense, the person would face a $50 fine and up to 10 hours of community service. 

MPD Director Rallings argues the less severe punishment could lead to more drug abuse among kids and make it easier for drug dealers.

Boyd argued that it's simply meant to allow people who are not committing violent offenses to avoid having a criminal record. 

WMC Action News 5's Ian Silver will be at the city council meeting on Tuesday to share what happens when it comes time to vote on the ordinance.

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