Is Marijuana Legal in Tennessee?

Under current Tennessee marijuana laws, both recreational and medical marijuana is currently illegal throughout the state.


Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Tennessee?


The one exception is for patients who need cannabidiol (CBD) products containing less than 0.9%CBD for the treatment of intractable seizures, permitted by a 2015 law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The CBD treatment is only allowed in oil form.


The law came on the heels of the 2014 US Farm Bill, which allows farmers licensed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to grow hemp as long as it meets legal THC levels of less than 0.3%


Meanwhile, efforts for Tennessee decriminalization and medical marijuana legalization continue to be an uphill battle in the state legislature.


In recent years, Republicans, and anesthesiologists, Rep. Bryan Terry and Sen. Steve Dickerson have been pushing for Tennessee medical marijuana legislation that would further explore the use of cannabis as treatment. Dickerson’s latest effort in 2018 dissolved when he saw that the bill wouldn’t garner enough support.


Dickerson and Terry plan to push again in January but they may be met with some skepticism from newly elected governor Bill Lee, who said in a recent televised debate on News2 that there is not enough substantive data to support medical marijuana right now.  

Regulation Authority


Purchasing Cannabis

Under current Tennessee marijuana laws, the CBD oil must be acquired legally in the U.S. and outside of Tennessee.

The CBD oil must have a manufacturer’s label that says the product contains less than 0.9% of CBD. The oil must be purchased legally in the U.S. and outside of Tennessee. Users must also have legal proof of purchase from the issuing state.

Home Cultivation


Medical Marijuana Registry



Qualifying Conditions/Patient

Tennessee recognizes only intractable seizures, such as epilepsy, as a valid medical condition.