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Memphis set to consider reduced marijuana penalties

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Memphis City Council will vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would make it the second major Tennessee city to drastically reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Nashville City Council approved a similar ordinance last month.

The proposed Memphis ordinance would reduce the penalty for possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana to a civil citation or a $50 fine or community service.

Tennessee law calls for people caught with the same amount of marijuana to face a misdemeanor criminal charge punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine