Tennessee Senator Raumesh Akbari (Democrat, District 29) recently introduced SB 1849, which would “authorize the retail sale of marijuana; levy a 12 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana. – and Amend TCA Title 29, Chapter 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 53, Chapter 11; Title 67; Title 68 and Title 71.” Although Tennessee has resisted legalizing even medical marijuana in the recent past, Akbari’s bill is meant to move the conversation forward toward recreational legalization.
The bill is supported by the nonprofit Free Hearts organization, which is gathering signatures and encouraging activism by the Tennessee public.
The “Legalize Marijuana Tennessee”petition, available online, states that “A law to legalize marijuana is being proposed on a state level (SB1849) and the legislators who vote for it are up for reelection this year. You have the power to make it happen. Sign this petition, contact your legislator, let them know your vote depends on their vote. Legalize Marijuana TN – it’s about time! & Join us at the Marijuana March 4/20 at the Tennessee State Capitol.”
Free Hearts was created to provide “Support, Education, and Advocacy for Families Impacted by Incarceration Led by Formerly Incarcerated Women,” according to their Twitter page. Activist Dawn Harrington heads Free Hearts, and told local station WKRN that her organization created the petition based on feedback from the community.
Learn more about marijuana legalization in Tennessee.