Is weed legal in Tennessee?
Adult-use (recreational) weed is illegal. Cannabidiol (CBD) products containing less than 0.9% THC are legal for the treatment of intractable seizures.
Is medical marijuana legal in Tennessee?
Medical marijuana laws are very limited in Tennessee despite efforts in 2020 to put a legalization bill on the general election ballot. The one exception is for cannabidiol (CBD) products containing less than 0.9% THC for the treatment of intractable seizures, permitted by a 2015 law signed by Governor Bill Haslam. Medical cannabis treatment is only allowed in CBD oil form.
In recent years, anesthesiologists Rep. Bryan Terry and Sen. Steve Dickerson have been pushing the state legislature to take up legislation that would further explore the use of medical cannabis for qualifying conditions. Dickerson's latest effort in 2018 dissolved when he saw that the medical use bill wouldn't garner enough support.
Purchasing cannabis in Tennessee
CBD oil must be acquired legally in the US and outside of Tennessee. It must have a manufacturer's label that says the product contains less than 0.9% THC. Purchasers must be able to show proof of legal purchase.
Weed possession laws in Tennessee
In 2020 Rep. Antonio Parkinson and Sen. Katrina Robinson pushed to raise the simple possession limit from 0.5 ounce of marijuana to 1 ounce of marijuana. However, their efforts have not been successful and possession of 0.5 ounce or less of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor in Tennessee punishable by up to a $250 fine and one year in jail.
That said, the Nashville District Attorney's Office announced in 2020 that it will no longer prosecute for possession of less than 0.5 ounce of marijuana, opening the door for other jurisdictions to follow suit. This decision does not mean that marijuana has been decriminalized in Tennessee.
Tennessee recognizes only conditions causing intractable seizures, such as epilepsy, as valid for using CBD.
Frequently asked questions
When will Tennessee legalize marijuana?
While we can't predict the future, we do know that Tennesseans can't petition to get a medical marijuana initiative added to the ballot. Any path to legalize marijuana would have to go through the state legislature.
Did Tennessee pass medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana laws are very limited in Tennessee despite efforts in 2020 to put a legalization bill on the general election ballot. The one exception is for cannabidiol (CBD) products containing less than 0.9% THC for the treatment of intractable seizures.
Are dabs a felony in Tennessee?
TN Code § 39-17-418 (2019) states that possession of 14.175 grams of marijuana (or concentrates, presumably) or less is a misdemeanor for the first offense. Subsequent offenses would be considered felonies as would any amount greater than 14.175 grams. That said, we are not attorneys. Please consult one for specific cases.
This page was last updated March 18, 2021.