KNOXVILLE — Approximately 70 people attended a rally and march in downtown Knoxville today to address the laws and punishments associated with Tennessee’s Drug Free School Zone Act.
The organization One Nation By Conviction, led by Maurice Clark, is protesting the increased punishment handed down to drug offenders within a school zone. The law currently states that anyone within 1,000 feet of a school is subject to harsher sentences.
“We’re not saying that they should be able to break the law and get away with it,” Clark said today at the rally. “We’re just saying that they’re breaking the law, but they’re gone for longer periods than the law broken really justifies.”