Tennessee

Legislative History

Marijuana is currently illegal in Tennessee, except for patients who need cannabidiol (CBD) products containing less than nine-tenths of one percent (0.9%) for the treatment of intractable seizures, permitted by a 2015 law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

 

The law comes on the heels of the 2014 Industrial Hemp Program, which allows farmers to grow hemp as long as they meet legal THC levels of less than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) and obtain a license from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

 

Meanwhile, efforts to legalize medical marijuana 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 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 couldn’t muster 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 show medical marijuana is the right approach right now.”  

Regulation Authority

N/A

How Old Do I Need
to Be to Consume?
N/A
Recreational
Not specified
Medical
Possession Limit
for Flower
N/A
Recreational
N/A
Medical
Possession Limit
for Concentrates
N/A
Recreational
N/A
Medical

Purchasing Cannabis

The oil must be acquired legally in the U.S. and outside of Tennessee.

Consuming and Possessing Cannabis

The cannabis oil must have a manufacturer’s label that says the product contains less than nine-tenths of one percent  (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

N/A

Medical Marijuana Registry

N/A

 

Qualifying Conditions

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

Patient Qualifications

Patients with “Intractable seizures,” such as epilepsy.

 

This page was last updated on February 26, 2019.