A lawmaker in Tennessee has introduced a bill to get legalizing marijuana in TN on the ballot in our state for the 2022 election.
Republican Representative Bruce Griffey (District 75) introduced House Bill 1634. If it passes, it doesn't mean pot is legal. It would just put three questions on the ballot, so they could figure out the opinions of Tennesseans.
Here are what the three questions would be:
- Should the State of Tennessee legalize medical marijuana?
- Should the State of Tennessee decriminalize possession of less than one ounce (1 oz.) of marijuana?
- Should the State of Tennessee legalize and regulate commercial sales of recreational-use marijuana?
The hope is that this information would give Tennessee lawmakers a clear signal about what citizens think about legalization.
The bill reads (in highlight form)
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 2, relative to a public policy opinion poll.
Election Laws - As introduced, requires county election commissions to include three non-binding questions related to the legalization of marijuana on the November 2022 ballot; requires the secretary of state to compile the results of the public policy opinion poll and forward the results to the members of the general assembly. - Amends TCA Title 2.
Several other attempts have been made to legalize marijuana (for medical and/or recreational use) but they've failed.
Here's a story about last year's effort.