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Ordinance would track data of those cited under new marijuana law

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Metro Council is raising some new concerns about the city's new marijuana policy.

It leaves citations and arrests to officers' discretion, and now, some council members want to keep tabs on those decisions.

Metro Council will hear a new ordinance on Tuesday that will ask police to track race, gender and age for everyone arrested or cited under the marijuana law.

Local leaders want to see who is affected the most and work to knock out discrimination.

Mayor Megan Barry says being caught with pot disproportionately affects low income and minority groups.

The new law regarding half an ounce or less of pot gives officers the chance to avoid getting first-time offenders a criminal record if they meet certain guidelines for how they are caught with the drug.

The council will ask for police to keep records for six months beginning next year and then local lawmakers want an annual report.

State law still says having small amounts of marijuana can land people in jail.

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