A Republican member of Tennessee’s House of Representatives provided his condolences, but not his support, to a resolution to honour a murdered teen because she had a connection to cannabis.

William Lamberth said in the house that he couldn’t support the resolution regarding Ashanti Posey, the 17-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot in her car in April, because of “the activity she was involved in that led to her demise,” according to a Facebook video from WMCActionNews5.

“Due to the behaviour — and I will say choices that she was involved in at the time — I cannot in good conscience vote in favour of this,” Lamberth said. “I rise to apologize to her family and friends and say that I do feel in my heart that I wish I could support this resolution, but I simply cannot, given the activity she was involved in that led to her demise.”

Police have reported that Posey and a friend had sold cannabis shortly before the deadly shooting, WMCActionNews 5 reports.

Lamberth reportedly abstained from the vote and another member voted against it, according to NewsChannel5. Having already passed in the Senate, the joint resolution required unanimity, reports Marijuana Moment.

The resolution was meant to recognize Posey’s academic and athletic accomplishments, volunteer work and advocacy for LGBTQ rights. “We honor the memory of Ashanti Nikole Posey, reflecting fondly upon her impeccable character and her stalwart commitment to living the examined life with courage and conviction,” it noted.

Photo from 2014 posted on Ashanti Posey’s Facebook page / Photo from 2014 posted on Ashanti Posey’s Facebook page

Lamberth’s response to the resolution drew immediate fire, with spectators in the balcony voicing their opposition along with some representatives on the floor.

On the floor, a man identified as Chairman Mike Stewart, Democrat House Speaker, noted: “That’s the most astonishing thing I’ve ever seen on this floor. Honouring a young woman who died, that is the most astonishing, outrageous vote I’ve ever seen on this house floor in over a decade.”

Shortly thereafter, spectators began chanting Black Lives Matter and were removed. In a tweet, Democrat John Ray Clemmons called the move to block the resolution “unspeakable”.

The failed resolution comes amidst ongoing protests around the world in connection with the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

It also follows comments made by Rep. Mo Brooks, who argued that Floyd’s reported cannabis use did not make him worthy of many of the protests in his name.

The comments are in stark contrast to representatives and lawmakers calling for policy reform and fairness in light to the legacy left by the War on Drugs, including Senators Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.

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