Lawmakers in Tennessee are trying to stop cities in that state from decriminalizing marijuana. Rep. William Lamberth, a Republican, introduced a bill that has now passed the state’s House that blocks places like Memphis and Nashville from reducing penalties for marijuana crimes. Those cities have already reduced penalties, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Cannabis Now, in Memphis and Nashville it is now a civic penalty to be caught with weed instead of a misdemeanor. That means that someone would likely receive something like a $50 fine if they got caught, instead of possibly getting jail time.

Cities across the country have been decriminalizing marijuana on their own in recent years, and many state lawmakers have opposed such changes.

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