A bill that would have reduced criminal penalties in Tennessee for possession of small amounts of marijuana has been defeated in the state House.
Published reports state the chamber voted 45-44 against the measure that was sponsored by Democratic Representative Antonino Parkinson (Memphis). 50 votes are required for measures to pass.
The bill, as it was written, would have made it a misdemeanor to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Current law in Tennessee classifies it as a felony to possess anything above half an ounce.
The measure had bipartisan support, with a nearly equal number of Democrats & Republicans voting to approve the measure, but it fell 5 votes short.