Nashville Mayor John Cooper told NewsChannel5 he supports the policy change.
“I support the DA’s decision to stop prosecuting minor marijuana offenses in Davidson County. We need to continue working to ensure that people have access to drug treatment and that we are doing everything we can to keep nonviolent young people out of the criminal justice system,” Cooper said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent a memo to law enforcement agencies across the state last fall that it would only perform testing of marijuana in cases in which there are “felony amounts of plant material and at the District Attorney’s request if needed for trial.”
Last year, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee condemned a bill introduced by Sen. Sarah Kyle that sought to decriminalize marijuana, according to WMC 5.
“I have said before and still believe that we should not decriminalize marijuana ... I think that’s not good for our state,” said Lee.