Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk announced July 1 that his office will no longer prosecute individuals for possessing half an ounce or less of marijuana.

The new policy, which the DA's office described in a news release as being the "next step" for criminal justice reform in Davidson County, goes into effect immediately.

"Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety," the release said.

The DA's office said this policy change will have effects on both individuals and the justice system overall. Courts and the clerk's office will see savings from docking fewer cases, according to the statement.

"For individuals, this policy will emanate the negative effects of a criminal charge, which include potential jail time and collateral consequents on employment and housing," the release said.

Minor marijuana charges disproportionately impact minorities, according to the DA's office.

In a statement following the announcement, Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he supports the change.

“I support the DA’s decision to stop prosecuting minor marijuana offenses in Davidson County,” Mayor John Cooper said in a statement. “We need to continue working to ensure that people have access to drug treatment and that we are doing everything we can to keep nonviolent young people out of the criminal justice system.”