Shelby County DA supports marijuana legalization in Arkansas – FOX13 News Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Tuesday, the people of Arkansas must vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.
Tennessee district attorneys gathered at 201 Poplar Monday afternoon and said they want Arkansas voters to pass it.
Recreational marijuana use is illegal in Tennessee. But if that law changes across the river, it will cause many Tennesseans to cross the border.
“It’s time to legalize marijuana. I hope the voters of Arkansas vote yes,” said Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy.
Mulroy said the state of Tennessee needs to stop wasting time prosecuting marijuana-related crimes because it takes resources away from a much bigger problem.
Mulroy said since he took office in September, about 176 marijuana cases have been dismissed in Shelby County.
“We really need to refocus on violent crime. The things that really matter and let’s stop wasting our time on things that don’t matter like marijuana law enforcement,” Mulroy said.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said it would aim to not prosecute those who cross the border to obtain recreational marijuana if the law is passed. Republican District Attorney Frederick Agee of West Tennessee agreed.
“We encourage law enforcement if anyone has marijuana or just drug paraphernalia to summon them in court. So they don’t have to go on bail or go to jail. They just come to court and get their case settled,” Agee said.
Arkansas’ proposal, if passed, allows anyone over the age of 21 to purchase and use up to one ounce of recreational marijuana. It will also be taxed at 10%. The dispensary’s owners said legalizing the drug makes it safer.
“Marijuana is already on the streets. He’s been on the street for years. It is in the form of untested, dangerous and often deadly weeds. We are proposing number 4 on the ballot to legalize this,” said Lance Huey, COO of NEA Full Spectrum.
The DA’s office said if Arkansas voters vote yes on Number 4, the law will go into effect March 8, 2023.
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