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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Recreational marijuana
As the Tennessee General Assembly prepares to take up bills that would legalize medical marijuana, a state senator wants to see recreational marijuana legalized in the state. Democrat Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis says it's time to legalize recreational marijuana ."My whole point of bringing a bill to have marijuana available just like any alcohol is available, is to have the discussion," said Kyle. She says the change is necessary for criminal justice reform. "We are hurting too many of our citizens by charging them with possession of marijuana and they're not able to get meaningful employment," she said. "We are hurting ourselves by losing that talent." The senator adds thast the details of the bill still need to be worked out, such as limits on purchase and possession. "We are talking about small amounts that you would use recreationally, just like you do alcohol," . In 2016, Nashville passed an ordinance decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, but it was later overturned by the state legislature. Still Kyle said attitudes in the state are changing. "We need to discuss this, let people understand that it's not necessarily a gateway drug," she said. "We don't punish people before drinking alcohol - maybe if they have a DUI we do. We need to frame marijuana along those same lines. But I think we're going to find out that marijuana is not as harmful as drinking." Currently thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and ten states have legalized recreational marijuana.

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