Two Tennessee senators have introduced bills that would legalize the possession and “casual exchange” of up to half an ounce of marijuana into the House of one of the most conservative cannabis states.
The two “partner” bills would decriminalize minor possession in Tennessee starting July 1, changing the punishment for “possession, casual exchange, or distribution” of over an ounce from a felony charge to a misdemeanor and reducing the fine from $5,000 to $100. At present, possession of under a half-ounce can result in a $250 fine and up to a year in jail.
Including the phrase “casual exchange” in the language of the bill is purposefully ambiguous, making non-monetary weed donations legal under the eyes of the law. As far as I can tell, this can be just giving a friend a half-ounce of weed or exchanging small amounts for something like a pizza or movie. If the bills pass, this could be a major step toward the end of prohibition in one of marijuana’s most strictly punishable states. Unfortunately the bill makes no mention of dabs or concentrates — but hey, baby steps.