Pending States

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Laws

TENNESSEE POSSESSION LAWS:

  • Possession of a half-ounce of marijuana or less is a Class A misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. First offenses bring with them a minimum fine of $250. A second offense brings a mandatory fine of at least $500. Third time offenders will be charged with a Class E felony, bringing a punishment of between 1 and 6 years in prison and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000.
  1. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-417 
  2. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-418
  3. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-428

TENNESSEE DISTRIBUTION LAWS:

  • The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between a half ounce of marijuana and 10 lbs. of marijuana is a Class E felony punishable with between 1-6 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $5,000.
  • The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between 10 and 70 lbs. of marijuana is a Class D felony punishable with between 2-12 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $5,000.
  • The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute between 70-300 lbs. of marijuana is a Class B felony punishable with between 8-30 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $200,000.
  • The sale or possessing with the intent to distribute more than 300 lbs. of marijuana is a Class A felony punishable with between 15-60 years of incarceration and a fine of no more than $500,000.
  • A first-time felony conviction will receive a minimum fine of at least $2,000. A second felony conviction will bring a minimum fine of at least $3,000. The third and all subsequent felony convictions will bring a fine of at least $5,000, and will be punished at one grade higher.
  1. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-417
  1. Sale to a minor is an unclassified felony which results in an increase in the grade of the offense (determined by amount of marijuana present) by one sentencing grade.
  2. See:
  3. Sale to a minor within 1,000 ft. of a school is an unclassified felony which results in a increase in the grade of the offense (determined by amount of marijuana present) by one sentencing grade.
  4. See:
  1. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-417(k)
  1. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-432(b)

 

TENNESSEE CULTIVATION LAWS:

  • Cultivation of 10 plants or less is a Class E felony and can lead to incarceration of between 1 and 6 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Cultivation of between 10 and 19 plants is a Class D felony and can lead to incarceration of between 2 and 12 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $50,000.
  • Cultivation of between 20 and 99 plants is a Class C felony and can lead to incarceration of between 3 and 15 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $100,000.
  • Cultivation of between 100 and 499 plants is a Class B felony and can lead to incarceration of between 8 and 30 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $200,000.
  • Cultivation of 500 or more plants is a Class A felony and can lead to incarceration of between 15 and 60 years, and will bring a maximum fine of $500,000.
  • First-time felony convictions will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $2,000.
  • Second-time felony convictions will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $3,000.
  • Any repeat felony conviction after the second will receive a mandatory minimum fine of at least $5,000.
  1. Tennessee CODE ANN. §39-17-417