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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)
  2. 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

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Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

Max. Fine

Possession

1/2 oz. or less (First Offense)

Misdemeanor

1 year

$250

1/2 oz. or less (Second Offense)

Misdemeanor

1 year

$500

1/2 oz. or less (Third Offense)

Felony

1 – 6 years

$1,000

Fines for possession are mandatory.

Sale or Distribution

1/2 oz. – 10 lbs.

Felony

1 – 6 years

$5,000

10 – 70 lbs.

Felony

2 – 12 years

$5,000

70 – 300 lbs.

Felony

8 – 30 years

$200,000

More than 300 lbs.

Felony

15 – 60 years

$500,000

Includes possession with intent to distribute.
Subsequent offense carries higher penalty.

Hash & Concentrates

Possession

Misdemeanor

11 mos

$2,500

Manufacture, deliver, or sell less than 2 lbs.

Felony

6 years

$5,000

Manufacture or delivery

Felony

12 years

$50,000

Manufacture, deliver, or sell 2 – 4 lbs.

Felony

15 years

$100,000

Manufacture, deliver, or sell 4 – 8 lbs.

Felony

30 years

$200,000

Manufacture, deliver, or sell 8 – 15 lbs.

Felony

Manufacture, deliver, or sell more than 15 lbs

Felony

60 years

$500,000

Cultivation

10 plants or less

Felony

1 – 6 years

$5,000

10 – 19 plants

Felony

2 – 12 years

$50,000

20 – 99 plants

Felony

3 – 15 years

$100,000

100 – 499 plants

Felony

8 – 30 years

$200,000

More than 500 plants

Felony

15 – 60 years

$500,000

Subsequent offense carries higher penalty.

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