Tennessee Marijuana Compliance

Adult-use recreational marijuana and medical marijuana are both illegal in the state of Tennessee. This eliminates any concern about marijuana state vs federal rules. Employers may freely test employees and job candidates for the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, without having to worry about Tennessee marijuana compliance rules. While high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil is legal for patients with certain medical conditions, Tennessee law does not provide any protections for individuals who use this substance.

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Tennessee Marijuana Compliance

Tennessee Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Fully Illegal

It is illegal to possess, use, or sell marijuana in the state of Tennessee. The only exception is low-THC, high CBD cannabis oil for qualifying patients with certain medical conditions.

Medical Marijuana: Illegal

Tennessee marijuana laws regarding medicinal marijuana are extremely strict. Medical cannabis treatment is only allowed in the form of specific types of CBD oil. Until May 27th, 2021, only individuals diagnosed with epilepsy or intractable seizures were allowed to possess CBD products with less than 0.9% THC.

In May of 2021, the qualifying conditions were expanded to include:

Alzheimer's disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Parkinson's disease
End-stage cancer (or cancer diagnosis with a treatment that produces wasting illness, nausea, and vomiting, or pain)
Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Multiple sclerosis
Sickle cell disease
Parkinson's disease

Patients must have been diagnosed with one of the conditions above and have a letter from their physician. The CBD must also be obtained from within the U.S. but outside the state of Tennessee. In addition, the CBD oil must have certain information included on the label.

Decriminalized: No

Possession of marijuana is illegal in Tennessee, and it is not decriminalized. The penalty for first offenders who are caught with ½ ounce or less of marijuana is up to one year of incarceration and a mandatory fine of $250 and up to $2,500. Second offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail and a mandatory fine of $500 and up to $2,500. Each charge is a misdemeanor.

In 2016, both Nashville and Memphis passed decriminalization laws, but the governor repealed them, stating that state laws preempt local government enactments.

Recreational Marijuana: Illegal

There are no recreational marijuana laws in Tennessee. Possession, use, sale, and cultivation of cannabis are illegal, with the exception of patients who are legally allowed to use low-THC, high CBD cannabis oil. Users caught with marijuana will be subject to legal penalties.

Last updated 1/16/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Both recreational (adult-use) and medical marijuana are illegal in Tennessee, with the exception of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil for certain qualifying patients who suffer from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, end-state cancer and other medical conditions.

What is Tennessee's history with marijuana?

In 2021, a bill to legalize medical cannabis (SB 854) was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the legislature approved a bill, SB 118, to create a study commission to consider medical cannabis. Efforts will resume in 2022.

Tennessee doesn't have a voter initiative process, so voters cannot put marijuana legalization on the ballot. The law can only be changed by an elected official, and the bill would have to go through the Tennessee state legislature.

Drug Panels That Exclude Marijuana

Urine Drug Panels That Exclude Marijuana Testing

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Drug Panels That Include Marijuana

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Hair Drug Panels That Include Marijuana Testing

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