A new bill in Tennessee would not only decriminalize marijuana possession statewide but would also allow counties to vote on legalization.

The bill would allow counties to hold referendum elections to allow the growing, processing, manufacture, delivery and retail sale of the plant.

Rep. Rick Staples (D-Knoxville) introduced House Bill 1610 this week. Staples supports the legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana in the state.

The bill, which was filed in the house of representatives on January 13th, would change Tennessee’s controlled substances laws to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana statewide.

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