State AG issues opinion on Nashville’s new pot law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state attorney general said on Wednesday afternoon he does not agree with a new law that allows officers to only fine a person if they are caught with a small amount of marijuana in their possession.

AG Herbert Slatery said in part, “… The ordinance cannot stand because it impedes the inherent discretion and responsibility of district attorneys general to prosecute violations of the Drug Control Act.”

In September, the Metro Council approved a bill in a 35-3 vote that allows officers to give someone a $50 fine and community service if they are found with less than a half ounce of marijuana.

The new law allows police to use their discretion in a case-by-case basis.

After receiving news of the Slatery’s opinion on the law, the mayor’s office released a statement that said, “Our Metro Department of Law is reviewing the Attorney General’s opinion to determine whether Metro agrees with his interpretation of the law. We do not have any further comment at this time.”

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