Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't approve of efforts by city council members in Nashville and Memphis for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"I'm not a fan," Haslam said in an encounter with reporters in Memphis, as reported by WATN-TV. "While I do think we've had some people who have spent more time in jail than they need to for that. I'm not in favor of decriminalizing that."

"I think we have enough of an issue around substance abuse now," he said. "You can debate whether it's a gateway drug and all this. I'm not the expert. But I just don't think it's a helpful step for our society given the struggles we have right now with substance abuse."

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