Pending Legislation in Tennessee Would Place Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization on State’s 2022 Ballot
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Pending Legislation in Tennessee Would Place Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization on State’s 2022 Ballot

Rep. Bruce Griffey introduced H.B. 1634 on July 7.

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July 12, 2021

Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-District 75) introduced legislation July 7 that would place an adult-use cannabis legalization measure on the state’s 2022 ballot.

H.B. 1634 would require county election commissions to place three non-binding questions related to cannabis legalization before voters in the November 2022 election. The Secretary of State would then compile the results of the questions, which are referred to in the legislation as a “public policy opinion poll,” and send the results to the legislature, which would not be obligated to implement an adult-use cannabis program.

According to WBIR, the three questions are:

  • Should the State of Tennessee legalize medical marijuana?
  • Should the State of Tennessee decriminalize possession of less than one ounce (1 oz.) of marijuana?
  • Should the State of Tennessee legalize and regulate commercial sales of recreational-use marijuana?

The Tennessee legislature has considered medical cannabis bills in the past, although none have been passed into law to date.