Should marijuana be legalized across Tennessee?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Should marijuana be legalized across Tennessee? Whether you’re for it or against it, one state representative wants to let you have a say.

Representative Bruce Griffey, a Republican from Northwest Tennessee, would like to pose the question in the next election, giving the people a chance to vote on it by simply checking the yes or no box.

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“It’s something mother nature created, and I don’t see why it should be a problem so people have to suffer for,” said Frances Wright, Memphis resident.

If it were up to Wright, marijuana would be legalized medically and recreationally across Tennessee.

Kenneth Goree of Memphis remains on the fence about the topic.

“I hate to see our Olympic runner get disqualified, but at the same time it can be a gateway drug,” said Kenneth Goree, Memphis resident.

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Tennesseans are weighing in on the controversial issue. Griffey wants to see that play out.

“I think it is way past time for the citizens to have a voice on this issue, good or bad,” said Griffey.

So, Griffey wants to add the issue of marijuana to next year’s November ballot to poll all Tennessee voters.

The newly filed bill would pose three questions: Should Tennessee legalize medical marijuana? Should the state decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana? And should the state of Tennessee legalize and regulate commercial sales of recreational-use marijuana?

“If it’s close, it’s still controversial. If it’s overwhelming on one side or the other, I think we should be responsive to that,” said Griffey.

Before this bill makes it to your ballot, it will have to go through the state House and Senate.

If approved, it will be placed on the ballot, functioning as a poll.