Tennessee

  • Tennessee Summary
  • Law Breakdown
  • Penalties

With some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, residents of The Volunteer State should never volunteer their status of possessing illegal substances.  Instead, they should familiarize themselves with local paraphernalia laws in order to avoid these strict penalties.

Here is a copy of Tennessee’s Criminal Offenses Code 3917-425 in its entirety.

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Marijuana is legal in Tennessee only for limited, non-intoxicating medical use. Possession, delivery, sale, and cultivation for any other purpose is a crime. Special rules apply to cannabis concentrates and paraphernalia.

Possession

Possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Tennessee and is punishable by up to one year in jail and $250 in fines on a first conviction. A second offense carries a one year jail term and a $500 fine.

A subsequent conviction for simple possession is treated as a felony and is punishable by at least one year in jail, as many as six years in prison, and $1,000. All fines are mandatory for possession offenses.

Sale

It is a felony in Tennessee to sell half an ounce of marijuana or more. A mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail applies to sale of between half an ounce and 10 pounds, together with a maximum of six years in prison and a top fine of $5,000.

For amounts between 10 and 70 pounds, the penalty is at least two years in prison, as many as 12, and up to $5,000. For weights between 70 and 300 pounds, the minimum penalty is eight years in prison, the maximum is 30, and a fine of up to $200,000 is possible. Weights greater than 300 pounds carry a penalty of between 15 and 60 years in prison, plus up to $500,000.

Subsequent sale convictions carry enhanced penalties. Sale statutes also cover possession with intent to distribute.

Cultivation

It is a felony to grow any amount of cannabis in Tennessee. For 10 or fewer plants, a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail applies, along with a maximum of six years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

The minimum penalty for growing between 10 and 19 plants is two years in prison; the maximum is 12 years, and the top fine is $50,000. Cultivation of between 20 and 99 plants carries a sentence of at least three years in prison, as many as 15, and a top fine of $100,000.

Growing between 100 and 499 plants comes with a minimum penalty of eight years in prison, a maximum of 30, and a fine of up to $200,000. Conviction for growing more than 500 plants carries a sentence of between 15 and 60 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $500,000.

Subsequent cultivation convictions carry enhanced penalties.

Hash and Concentrates

Special rules and penalties apply to the possession, manufacture, delivery, or sale of hashish, hash oil, and other marijuana concentrates. Possession of any amount is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 11 months in jail and $2,500 in fines.

Manufacture, delivery, or sale of concentrates is a felony. If the amount is less than 2 pounds, the maximum sentence is six years in prison and $5,000 in fines. If the amount is between 2 and 4 pounds, the top punishment is 12 years and $50,000.

The maximum penalty for manufacture, delivery, or sale of between 4 and 8 pounds of concentrate carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and $100,000. Those penalties double for weights of between 8 and 15 pounds. Finally, a penalty of up to 60 years in prison and $500,000 applies to the manufacture, delivery, or sale of more than 15 pounds of concentrate.

Paraphernalia

Marijuana paraphernalia is illegal in Tennessee unless intended, marketed, and used only for legal purposes. Possession is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $2,500 in fines while sale is a felony punishable by at least one year in jail, as many as six years in prison, and up to $3,000.

Miscellaneous

It is a misdemeanor to falsify a drug test in Tennessee. The top penalty is one year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

Tennessee Marijuana Laws
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
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.
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.
Hash & Concentrates
Possession misdemeanor 11 mos $2,500
Manufacture, deliver, or sell less than 2 lbs felony 6 years $5,000
Manufacture, deliver, or sell 2 - 4 lbs felony 12 years $50,000
Manufacture, deliver, or sell 4 - 8 lbs felony 15 years $100,000
Manufacture, deliver, or sell 8 - 15 lbs felony 30 years $200,000
Manufacture, deliver, or sell more than 15 lbs felony 60 years $500,000
Paraphernalia
Possession of paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $2,500
Sale of paraphernalia felony 1 - 6 years $3,000
Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc...)
Falsification of drug tests misdemeanor 1 year $2,500