Nashville District Attorney’s Office Will No Longer Prosecute Minor Cannabis Possession Offenses
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Nashville District Attorney’s Office Will No Longer Prosecute Minor Cannabis Possession Offenses

District Attorney General Glenn Funk has announced that, effective immediately, possession charges for less than half an ounce of cannabis will no longer be prosecuted.

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July 2, 2020

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk announced July 1 that, effective immediately, his office will no longer prosecute minor cannabis possession offenses that involve less than half an ounce of cannabis, according to the Tennessean.

“Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety,” Funk’s office told the news outlet, adding that low-level cannabis charges disproportionately impact minorities.

While the policy change will not be retroactively applied to previous cases, Funk told the Tennessean that his office is willing to consider expunging eligible convictions that are brought by defense attorneys or defendants.